ROBINSON. Theodore
(b. 1852, Irasburg, d. 1896, New York)

The Wedding March

Oil on canvas, 57 x 67 cm
Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago

In the work of Robinson, North America made its own first influential contribution to Impressionism. Though a good friend of Monet from 1886 on, he never became dependent on the Frenchman's style. The years Robinson spent at Giverny before finally returning to the US in 1892 fell into two stylistic periods. In the first, he painted figures in landscape settings as well as pure landscapes. (La débácle represents this style.) In the second phase the individual features were dissolved into highlights of colour that were stripped of contour or detail. The Wedding March, painted in 1982 for the wedding of the American artist Theodore Earl Butler and Suzanne Hoschedé-Monet, Monet's stepdaughter, is a fine example of this phase.