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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Katherine Rothkopf
Mount an impressionism show, and they will come. The light-dappled paintings produced by the artists of this 19th-century French movement and their stylistic offspring have become a safety net for museums. Beloved by the public, they are guaranteed to boost attendance and revenues from ticket sales, catalogs and gift-shop merchandise. As a result, impressionism exhibitions have become predictable, all-too-regular fixtures on museum calendars to the exclusion of more challenging art.
"Our romantic notion of impressionists is that they created all their paintings outside in a short period of time," Ms. Rothkopf says, "but they were much more methodical and took a long time to make them.
"It's not too old-fashioned or too modern," says Katherine Rothkopf, curator of European painting and sculpture at the Baltimore Museum of Art. "It feels fresher than works from the early 19th century and not as threatening as contemporary art."