Cos Cob as celebrated by impressionist painters

There are some fine images of the Cos Cob of yesteryear at the Bruce Museum’s new show, “Pasture to Pond: Connecticut Impressionism,” on view through June 22.  And judging by the hordes attending last Friday’s Patron’s Preview of the show that opened on Saturday, there are fans aplenty of those impressionist painters of Frederick Childe Hassam (Painting 3: “The Mill Pond – Cos Cob, 1902”), John H. Twachtman (Painting 1: “Connecticut Shore-Winter, 1893” on loan from the Florence Griswold Museum) J. Alden Weir, and Samuel Harkness McCrea (Painting 2: “The Red Barn, 1910”).

The exhibition displays handsomely more than 25 works of these Connecticut impressionist painters, a few owned by local residents, a few loaned, and one particularly prized by the Bruce:  Hassam’s “The Mill Pond, Cos Cob, 1902.” Its label states the value of its 1994 anonymous gift as, “The single most important painting to the Bruce to date.”

There’s much to enjoy of old Cos Cob in Hassam’s “The Mill Pond.” – the vintage locomotives heading toward each other over the railroad bridge. Bruce Elmer MacRae paints the railroad bridge as well in his “Winter Shoreline of Cos Cob,” and he captures the Cos Cob boating scene in his “Schooner in the Ice.”  Scenes of Cos Cob Harbor and the Mianus River are memorialized by artist Leonard Octman’s paint brush in “South Winds (East Shore, Cos Cob Harbor)”, and “On the Mianus River – Gray Ledge House,” as well as in “The River Road” by George Edwards.

Museum director Peter Sutton says it best:  “It is with pleasure then that we remember with this exhibition an era of enduring local creativity and the celebration of the beauty of our own special corner of New England.”

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