August 4, 2017
John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), The Flower Garden, c.1900, oil on canvas, 27 x 22 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
American Impressionist, John Henry Twachtman, was born in Ohio on August 4, 1853. Like most American artists of the time, Twachtman went to Europe to receive his artistic training. After some back and forth between America and Europe, Twachtman finally, and permanently, settled in Connecticut—where he created the many serene and introspective landscape paintings he is known for. Twachtman experimented most heavily with Impressionism, but he was also starting to delve into other modernist styles when he passed away suddenly from a brain aneurysm in 1902.
This piece, The Flower Garden, painted just two years before Twachtman died, is an example with his experiments in the Impressionist style.