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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Dwight Primiano.

September Sunshine

Artist: John Henry Twachtman (1853 - 1902)
Date: ca. 1891-1893
25 × 30 in. (63.5 × 76.2 cm)
Framed: 36 1/8 in. × 41 in. × 3 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2005.16
Signed: l.r., in dark green paint: J H Twachtman
Place Depicted:
On View
Accession Number: 2005.16
ProvenanceMartha Twachtman (artist’s widow), through 1905; Edward Townsend Stotesbury [1849-1938], Philadelphia, PA, by 1906; (Freeman Auction Rooms, Philadelphia, PA) 1920’s; John F. Braun [1867-1939], Philadelphia, PA. Private Collection, Houston, TX, ca. 1965-1996; (Adelson Galleries, New York, NY), 1996; Raymond J. Horowitz [1916-2005], New York, NY, 1996; to Estate of Raymond J. Horowitz, 2005; to (Adelson Galleries, New York, NY), 2005; to (Sotheby's Inc., New York, NY), 2005; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2005
Label TextThe title of this painting indicates Twachtman’s interest in depicting momentary effects of seasonal light. This focus on light and atmosphere, along with the divided, multidirectional brushstrokes built up in layers across the canvas, demonstrate the influence of French Impressionism. Twachtman calls attention to the surface of the canvas with individual specks of green, yellow, and orange pigment that begin to lose their representational value and assert themselves as pure paint.

September Sunshine features Twachtman’s home in Greenwich, Connecticut, which was a gathering place for his friends and fellow American Impressionists, including Childe Hassam and Theodore Robinson. The artist created numerous paintings of his house as he remodeled it, showing his pride in the project.