Making a permanent impression since 1994
December 1, 2003
Hill-Stead makes a good impression
By Joe Keo and Katie Jordan
youíre in technology-overload, let go of the remote, turn off the cell
phone, and do something that doesnít involve double-clicking. Escape to
to think. The name Hill-Stead sounds like a convalescent home, but itís
actually a snazzy house and art museum.
Hill-Stead offers an intimate and quiet atmosphere where visitors can dig
deep into their imaginations and dive into the landscapes, seascapes, and
skylines of the impressionist
other museums that loan out art, or show temporary exhibits, the
Hill-Steadís collection is permanent.
into the Hill-Stead is like walking back in time. The musty house ó a
National Historic Landmark ó is unchanged and offers a fascinating view
of life in the early 1900s.
first sight the Hill-Stead looks like an opulent colonial house, but it
contains much more than just antique fixtures and furniture. The
Hill-Steadís fine art collection also packs a punch.
famous masterpieces the Hill-Stead offers a nonconformist twist for the
rebellious teenage audience as well.
Theodate Pope, the daughter of wealthy industrialist Alfred Pope, designed
the sprawling farm.
its walls hangs a beautiful family scene by painter Mary Cassatt, a
renowned American impressionist.
and architecture were male dominated fields, but both Cassatt and Theodate
Pope pushed the envelope and are now part of the museumís appeal.
Hill-Steadís entire impressionist collection was once considered too
radical and not worthy of being called art. But this didnít stop Alfred
Pope from buying these unorthodox paintings that
times eventually caught up with Alfred Popeís tastes and the Hill-Stead
is now revered as an exclusive home to many fine works.
are storytellers who communicate with colors, light, and shapes. Visitors
can enjoy the adventure of looking deeper into paintings and uncovering
the intentions of the artists.
of daily chores and outdoor scenes may seem like boring subjects, but
itís how the artist portrays these images on canvas that makes them
attractive to the eye.
Edgar Degas captures the beauty of a woman in the simple act of cleaning
Degas piece, Dancers
in Pink, pictures
ballerinas in pink leotards.
this backstage view, itís a tiny speck of gold on a dancerís earring
that shines out and takes your eyes hostage.
is the style of painting where artists focus on lighting and atmosphere
instead of the exact details of the subject. This style of art is based on
the use of visible brushstrokes that create an impression.
the most stunning of all the paintings in the Hill-Stead is a pair by
Claude Monet, Grainstacks,
White Frost Effect and
in Bright Sunlight.
two views of haystacks in a field, but the contrast between them is
soft cool shades of violet and blue create a feeling of a calm evening. In
the other, Monet used his choice of colors to create the strong light and
warmth of a sunny field so perfectly that standing near it, you can almost
feel the heat.
painting may make you long to step outside into the sun.
you do step outside, youíll find the Hill-Steadís beautiful
colors of natureís painting are so bright and invigorating that you may
even be inspired to create some art of your own.
if you prefer, you can stand quietly and just enjoy the peace of a place
where time stands still.
in the vast sky and rolling plains and let the Hill-Stead make an
impression on you.
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