Theodore Robinson, 1887 - A Hillside, Giverny - fine art print

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Original artwork information by the museum (© - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Theodore Robinson (1852-1896) was one of the most important American Impressionist painters. Valley of the Seine, Giverny dates from Robinson’s first encounter with Giverny, the village where Monet had settled four years before. Robinson was one of a group of four American artists who spent the summer there, establishing the art colony that would be the fountainhead of American Impressionism. Of this group, Robinson was the one who worked most closely with Monet; while never formally his student, it was he who absorbed Monet’s principles most thoroughly. At the same time, Robinson, like most American artists of the day, was also strongly influenced by Whistler (whom he had met in Venice in 1879) and the Aesthetic movement, resulting in a persistent interest in surface and pattern. That is to say, Americans adapted French Impressionism to their own interests and aesthetics; American Impressionism ultimately becomes its own movement, independent of its origins in France. Valley of the Seine, Giverny is a perfect example of this balance. On the one hand, it is a plein-air oil sketch, reproducing one of the topographical features that made Giverny distinctive, the escarpment above the Seine. Our eyes register the brightness of the day, its heat, and the colors of the fields in the broken brushstrokes and pure colors of Impressionist style. At the same time, the most distinctive features of the painting are the large, angular flat lines of the fields that run down the side of the hill and come to an abrupt halt in the horizontal green field below. We read this painting both as a light-filled scene and as a decorative pattern. Indeed, the boldness of the pattern making anticipates the development of the distinctive native modernism that grows out of the teachings of Arthur Wesley Dow and that can be found in the work of O’Keeffe and Dove. In other words, this is a work that rests precisely at the moment in Robinson’s work where he is exploring both the realism of Impressionism and the abstraction of Aestheticism. Robinson’s Valley of the Seine, Giverny is the Museum’s first work by the first generation of Americans who worked at Giverny. Coming from the initial moment when the colony was founded it is also the Museum’s earliest American Impressionist plein-air oil sketch. The painting complements LACMA’s great Marry Cassatt, Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child, 1880, Cassatt’s first enunciation of the theme that would dominate her oeuvre. As Cassatt is to Degas, her mentor who formed her style, so is Robinson to Monet; these two works both reveal this fundamental relationship and suggest how each artist differed from her or his mentor. While the Cassatt is a great exhibition figure painting and the Robinson a small-scale landscaped sketch, nonetheless within the careers of these important artists, the two works occupy similarly pivotal places. Much of what makes Robinson’s later landscapes distinctive – particularly his interest in bold patterns and shapes – is seen here first in a concentrated form.

Summary of this artwork by the Impressionist painter Theodore Robinson

In 1887 Theodore Robinson created this modern art artwork named A Hillside, Giverny. The masterpiece was made with the size: 16 1/4 × 13 in (41,28 × 33,02 cm). Oil on canvas was used by the American painter as the medium of the artwork. It can be viewed in in the art collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of more than 142.000 objects that illuminate 6.000 years of artistic expression across the globe. This modern art masterpiece, which belongs to the public domain is being included with courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( . Besides this, the alignment is in portrait format and has an aspect ratio of 3 : 4, which implies that the length is 25% shorter than the width. The painter Theodore Robinson was a North American artist from United States, whose artistic style was mainly Impressionism. The painter was born in 1852 in Irasburg, Orleans county, Vermont, United States and deceased at the age of 44 in 1896 in New York City, New York state, United States.

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Artist information table

Artist: Theodore Robinson
Other names: Theodore Robinson, Robinson Theodore, th. robinson, Robinson, theo robinson
Gender: male
Nationality of artist: American
Professions of the artist: painter
Home country: United States
Classification of the artist: modern artist
Art styles: Impressionism
Died aged: 44 years
Year born: 1852
City of birth: Irasburg, Orleans county, Vermont, United States
Died: 1896
City of death: New York City, New York state, United States

Background information about the piece of art

Title of the artwork: "A Hillside, Giverny"
Artwork categorization: painting
Art classification: modern art
Period: 19th century
Created in: 1887
Artwork age: over 130 years
Original medium: oil on canvas
Original size (artwork): 16 1/4 × 13 in (41,28 × 33,02 cm)
Museum / location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Location of the museum: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Website of the museum: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
License type of artwork: public domain
Courtesy of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (

The product specs

Print categorization: art copy
Reproduction: digital reproduction
Production technique: digital printing (UV direct print)
Provenance: Germany
Stock type: production on demand
Intended product usage: art print gallery, art collection (reproductions)
Orientation of the artwork: portrait alignment
Side ratio: 3 : 4
Implication of aspect ratio: the length is 25% shorter than the width
Material choices: canvas print, acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), metal print (aluminium dibond), poster print (canvas paper)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) variants: 30x40cm - 12x16", 60x80cm - 24x31", 90x120cm - 35x47", 120x160cm - 47x63"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) options: 30x40cm - 12x16", 60x80cm - 24x31", 90x120cm - 35x47", 120x160cm - 47x63"
Poster print (canvas paper): 30x40cm - 12x16", 60x80cm - 24x31", 90x120cm - 35x47"
Aluminium print sizes: 30x40cm - 12x16", 60x80cm - 24x31", 90x120cm - 35x47"
Frame: no frame

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