Robinson is considered an American Impressionist. Research the influence of French Impressionism on the art of other countries, including the United States. Write an essay speculating why Impressionism was so pervasive. What did it offer?
Find a picture of a landscape at Giverny by Claude Monet. Compare the Monet painting with Robinson’s depiction. Study brushwork, use of color, and interest in defining or blurring the edges of things—trees, buildings, etc. What visual goals did they share in their paintings? How do their paintings differ?
Analyze how Robinson organized this landscape into planes with a clear demarcation of the foreground, middle ground and background. How does he convey depth? Look closely at his use of scale and color.
To study descriptive word choice, write a visual description of Robinson’s Giverny, using several words to describe the scene and the predominant colors—green, red, violet.
Locate Giverny on a map. Where is it in relationship to Paris? Study French village life. Compare life in rural France to urban living there at the end of the nineteenth century. Would there be the same differences between life in rural America and in the large urban centers?
Robinson was among the first group of Americans to visit the village of Giverny. Using the Internet, research Giverny, France. What was it like when Monet lived there? How do you think Monet’s residence might have changed the town?
Why was Robinson drawn to the rural setting of Giverny? Research artists’ colonies in France and the United States.