Heart of the River

(1859-1899)

Size: 16 x 24 inches (40.6 x 61 cm)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Why We Love It

This idyllic Impressionist landscape by Breck clearly reflects his involvement with the American artist colony in Giverny as well as his close friendship with Claude Monet. Flickering brushstrokes animate the light as it dances on the shimmering whitish-pink petals of the water lilies and reflects off the still water. This rare masterpiece by Breck is an important and quintessential example of early American Impressionism.

The Value

Not only is Heart of the River a superb example of John Leslie Breck’s mature style, it also captures the very essence of American Impressionist painting. As one of the earliest exponents of Impressionism, Breck helped to popularize the artistic movement in America, namely Boston where he resided upon his return from France. His close association with Claude Monet is particularly evident in this work. Heart of the River is in excellent condition and has a very fine Prendergast frame, making it a marvelous addition to any collection of American Impressionism.