The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls is currently hosting a spectacular look at a private collection, earmarked for future donation to the museum, from the collector Thomas Clark, a resident of Saratoga County.
The exhibition, called An Enduring Legacy: American Impressionist Landscapes from the Thomas Clark Collection, features a vast collection of American Impressionist works, and other late 19th and early 20th century works of art. Most are oils, and most are landscapes, except for a two cityscapes and figures in the landscape.
Although many of the painters in the exhibit may not be familiar names, they will likely become more well-known as more research is done to understand these artists and their setting, as well as their influence. It is clear to see that they have had a major influence on the contemporary titans of American painting, such as Nell Blaine, Mary Frank, Wolf Khan, Paul Resika and the early works of Richard Deibenkorn.
A history of Clark's collection is described in text, and to either side works by George Loftus Noyes (1864-1954) and Arthur Clifton Goodwin (1864-1924) set the pace for the show inside. The Noyes is a delightful snow-laden pathway, with wheel tracks carved into the shadows on the trail. The Goodwin is a twilight scene of a peaceful village edge in fading winter shadows.
Peppered throughout the show are other little gems, not to be overlooked, such as the Robert Wood (1889-1979) with a fields of blue flowers covering the foreground of a Texas range; or two perfect paintings of figures in the landscape, by Alan Dean Cochran (1888-1971) and Emile Guppe (1896-1978). The Guppe has two nudes bathing beside a white birch. Other gems include:
A 1935 bold little painting featuring a brightly colored songbird on a solitary twig, above a freshly painted winter scene by Charles Curtis (1886-1950) called "Cockle-Tee-Tee."