Kasten Collection paintings reveal renowned travel spots

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                        
For Immediate Release
May 19, 2014

DESTINATIONS highlights travel hot spots

Kasten paintings depict scenes, people of Europe and Asia

Allentown, Pa—All of the paintings in the Kasten Collection depict scenes from artists’ travels throughout Europe and Asia from the 1860s through the 1920s. Famous tourist destinations and captivating people and places in England, France, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, and Germany are represented in vivid color and with great detail in more than thirty paintings. In addition to the subject matter, a mood, an atmosphere is evoked in each that transports viewers to other lands—a perfect way to see the world without leaving the Lehigh Valley this summer. The exhibition continues in Butz Gallery through August 17.
During the second half of the nineteenth century, new modes of transportation such as trains and luxury ships made it possible for middle-class artists to study, live, and travel abroad. These realist painters who illustrated their journeys belonged to a new international art world, marked by transnational exhibitions and World’s Fairs. This exhibition features paintings by twenty-eight artists from seven countries painting in Academic, Barbizon, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist styles, including the Frenchman Jean-Louis-Ernst Meissonier, Great Britain’s Richard Redgrave, Philadelphia native Daniel Ridgway Knight, and his son Louis Aston Knight, who was born in France.
A catalogue titled Where Will You Travel Next? Destinations in Paintings from the Kasten Art Collectionaccompanies the exhibition and can be purchased in the Museum Store. The dust-jacketed hardcover book, with text by James Alllen Scott and AlexKasten, was published in 2011 and contains 215 pages filled with full-color illustrations.
We thank Alex and Barbara Kasten of Bluffington, South Carolina, for generously lending their fascinating collection.


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Duvieux, Venise. Kasten Collection

Schafer, A View of a Cathedral. Kasten Collection