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Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Today's Hours
Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Geese in a Meadow
Geese in a Meadow
The influence of the Impressionist movement upon late 19th century painting is evident in this work by Ruben LeGrand Johnston. Undoubtedly painted in a single sitting en plein aire, it captures the crisp colors and dazzling light of a spring morning through its use of broken brushwork and bright color palette. Claude Monet was said to have never used black pigment in his paintings and it's absent in this work as well. Like the Impressionists, Johnston has suggested his subject in rapid strokes and dabs of color rather than carefully delineating each form with a careful finish in the traditional academic style. The result is an evocation of the tentative beauty of spring that suggests its fragility as well as its charm.