Artists’ Colony

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” — Edgar Degas

Aubrey, Ava and Olivia enjoy a summer afternoon watching an artist transform the gardens of the Florence Griswold Museum into a work of art. The three had just completed a tour of Miss Florence’s house, getting a taste of life experienced by members of the turn-of-the-century Lyme Art Colony.

Originally the home of sailing ship Captain Robert and Mrs. Griswold, the once stately mansion became a boardinghouse run by their daughter, Florence. Thanks to the draw of both Miss Florence and the house itself, a spirited band of early 20th century artists returned each summer to paint, play and leave their mark as American Impressionist artists.  The Lyme Art Colony came to be known as one of the largest and most significant art colonies in America.

Today the historic property retains the attraction of its riverside rural setting, and charms its visitors with a wealth of original works painted throughout the house on door and wall panels.

 

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Photo by Jan Logozzo (c) 2018


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