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Summer Palettes: Impressionist & Modernist Works from the 19th Century to Present

Online Exhibition at New Hampshire Antique Co-Op Opens June 13

MILFORD – New Hampshire Antique Co-op presents a unique way to tour art without leaving your home — an online exhibition, Summer Palettes: Impressionist & Modernist Works from the 19th Century to Present, viewed on their gallery’s website from June 13 through September 30, 2020. The exhibition explores the essence of summertime through landscape, seascape and still-life paintings that evoke the spirit of the season. 

      The Summer Palettes exhibition and sale features more than 50 works by artists from the 19th century as well as contemporary and local artists. Each piece has been selected because it expresses the color and energy of summer, whether it be a landscape, day at the beach or a vista of a waterfall after a hike in the White Mountains.

      The paintings in this exhibition include works by noted 19th, 20th & 21st century artists, such as Lilla Cabot Perry (1848-1933); Emil Carlsen (1848-1932); Joseph Paul Hussar (1911-1993); Charles Herbert Woodbury (1864-1940); Jane Peterson (1876-1965); Anthony Thieme (1888-1954); Dorothea Litzinger (1889-1925); Peter Robert Keil (b. 1942); Lee Lufkin Kaula (1865-1957); contemporary New Hampshire artists Erik Koeppel, Chris Myott, Roz Park, Mary Phillips, and Carol Robey; and contemporary Cape Cod artist William R. Davis; plus many more.


Lilla Cabot Perry (1848-1933), From My Window in Hancock, NH, oil on canvas board, 12˝ x 15˝

Exhibition on view online at the NHAC website:

Opens online June 13; View online 24/7 June 13 through September 30, 2020


Peter Robert Keil (b. 1942), Sailboats & Trees, oil on panel, 15” x 19” 

  Impressionism and Modernism are two art movements that emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each considered to be radical in their own time, they were departures from traditional forms of art that embraced realism and classical forms. Impressionist painters use brushstrokes instead of hard lines to capture the transient effects of reflective light on an object. Modernist painters experiment with shape and color, using forms that are more symbolic than realistic. 

A leading artist featured in Summer Palettes is American Impressionist artist Lilla Cabot Perry, born in 1848 in Boston, Massachusetts where she was a founder of the Guild of Boston Artists. Perry lived next door to Claude Monet in Giverny, France for ten years, and her work was influenced by his Impressionist style. She was instrumental in promoting Impressionism and introducing Claude Monet to art audiences in the United States. In her later years, Perry resided and painted in Hancock, New Hampshire, where she continued to work until she died in 1933 at the age of eighty-six. The Monadnock region celebrates Lilla Cabot Perry as part of a long-standing tradition of artists who were — and still are — drawn to the area to paint, sculpt, write and compose.

      Also featured in Summer Palettes are father-and-son artists Emil Carlsen (1848-1932) and Dines Carlsen (1901-1966). Danish-born artist Emil Carlsen studied architecture at the Danish Royal Academy before emigrating to Chicago at age 19. He later traveled to Europe to study the Old Masters, returning to Chicago where he taught at the Chicago Art Institute. Carlsen perceived art as pure aesthetics with its only language being color, masses, and rhythms of line. Dines Carlsen, Emil’s son, was born in New York and studied with his father. At age fifteen he exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He was a member of the National Academy of Design and the Grand Central Art Galleries, and had homes in Falls Village, Connecticut and Summerville, South Carolina. Dines Carlsen became well known for not only his still-life paintings but also his landscapes.

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Dines Carlsen (1901-1966), Still Life with Flowers, oil on canvas, 22˝ x 18˝

      German/American artist Peter Robert Keil was born in Züllichau, Pomerania (now Poland) and studied at the University of the Arts, Berlin. He admired the works of the Expressionists — Picasso in particular, whom he met in Spain. The expressiveness of vivid color opened a way to temporarily escape from the dullness and depression of everyday life in post-war Germany. 

      Summer Palettes: Impressionist & Modernist Works from the 19th Century to Present will take you to coastal towns where the summer light reflects off a church steeple and sailboats glide into a quiet cove. Linger in gardens or a country orchard and lounge in quiet repose under the cool shade of a tree. Experience the vibrant colors of bouquets in floral still lifes that capture the diversity of summer blossoms. Pour yourself a glass of something cool and refreshing, and tour this summer exhibition from the comfort and safety of home.

      New Hampshire Antique Co-op is one of the largest and finest group antique shops in the state. Established in 1983, the shop features more than 200 dealers, 2000 consignors and 20,000 square feet dedicated to showcasing fine art, period furniture, vintage wares and collectibles.

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