New England Impressionism abroad

Europeans will be getting a taste of American art this spring. Landing in Paris in March will be an exhibition on ''American Impressionism.''

Included will be the works of many fine artists, mostly New Englanders who studied in France at some time during their careers. It is believed to be the first comprehensive exhibition of American Impressionism to be shown in France. The paintings will travel to East Germany, Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria after spending two months in France.

More than 30 American museums and collectors have lent works for the traveling exhibition, which features 80 paintings by 13 American artists: Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Frederick C. Frieseke, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Theodore Robinson, John Singer Sargent, John Henry Twachtman, Julian Alden Weir, and Theodore Wendel.

The show is under the sponsorship of the United States International Communication Agency, in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition service. In an introduction to the catalog that will accompany the show, USICA Director Charles Z. Wick says that sharing American art with other nations is one of the goals of his organization.

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