The Florence Griswold Museum will be showing off its newest old painting on Saturday. It was created well after the height of Impressionism, but is a beauty nonetheless.
Wilson Irvine’ s “The Broken Wall,” ca. 1926, is a gift of George Yeager. The museum quotes art historian Harold Spencer as hailing “The Broken Wall” as “a quintessential winter landscape and one of Irvine’s most effective and complex compositions.
“He noted how rays of sunlight lead one’s eyes through the opening in the tree line and the break in the stone wall into a radiant, snowy clearing beyond.”
It will be on public view Saturday when the Hartford Steam Boiler Collection show begins.
In 2001, the museum “underwent a dramatic transformation” when the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company entrusted its American paintings collection to them.
With this transfer of art, the Flo gained 190 American paintings, prints, and sculpture from the 18th to the 20th century, with an emphasis on Connecticut’s artistic heritage. The exhibit that begins pairs highlights from the original corporate collection with three dozen recent acquisitions, including Irvine’s, that reflect the Museum’s expanded focus on American art.