Many American artists lived and worked in France in the 20th century. Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam and James McNeil were among the many painters who found the French applauding their art.
Following in this lauded tradition is another American now springing upon the international art scene, Jan Dilenschneider, who has found considerable success as an artist in Paris with three solo exhibitions at the prestigious Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier in the historic Le Marais district. She recently was part of the Art Paris Art Fair held at the Grand Palais last spring.
Dilenschneider will exhibit 16 new paintings at the European Art Fair Monaco. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will open the exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum on July 19. She is the only living American artist participating in this Monaco show.
Calm Blue Waters 36inches x 36inches Oil-on Canvas
Her exhibition for the European Art Fair is entitled Fourth Dimension. “Everybody knows the second and third dimensions. The Fourth Dimension is the emotion that calls the viewer to participate in the work of art. I think it is the highest level in that it strives to have an impact on the emotions of the viewer,” she noted.
Dilenschneider works to draw out the emotions an observer feels when looking at a painting.
Critics have called her an Impressionist, but she firmly holds that she is an Expressionist – who loves the palette of the Impressionists. Dilenschneider believes that Expressionism and Impressionism are the two most important art movements of the last two centuries.
Glowing Fields 36 inches x 36 inches Oil on Canvas
Her paintings in the Monaco show highlight her use of bold color and gesture. She creates the sense of movement and harmony in her work by using other tools besides a brush – including a squeegee, spatula, and sometimes her fingertips and “forearms up to the elbow,” she says. Thus, the colors swirl on the canvas in strong, invigorating movement, inviting the viewer to participate emotionally through the depth and energy of the motion they convey. She believes, as well; that artists have a responsibility to document the dramatic shifts in the environment brought about by climate change.
Dilenschneider captures the ever-changing landscape outside of her studio on Long Island Sound, depicting everything from the swirling, turbulent waves of Superstorm Sandy to reeds gently swaying in the breeze. Her strong balance of color is especially apparent in her diptychs. Often she paints two works at the same time, moving effortlessly between the canvases. The result is works that complement each other, yet can also stand alone. She notes that “each has a gesture line, but not the same gesture.”
Lush Flora 30 inches x 30 inches Oil on Canvas
Critics have been much drawn to Dilenschneider’s art. The French newspaper Le Figaro in 2015 wrote of her exhibition in Paris, “She wields her brush with wild passion and tremulous elation, bringing trees, flowers, grass and reed to calm majestic life…The luminous Dilenschneider has placed landscapes side by side in what may or may not be diptychs – the viewer is free to decide. Indeed freedom is the very theme that the artist has chosen to explore in her Paris exhibition following the January attacks.”
Among the paintings in the Monaco show are “Lieutenant River” and “Edgar Pond,” which capture the landscape in Lyme, Connecticut, home of the American Impressionist movement. Dilenschneider visited Lyme on a number of occasions to photograph and paint the vistas there, which influenced the work of many American painters. Following her Monaco Show, Dilenschneider will have a solo exhibition at the Sill House Gallery in Lyme, opening on October 7.
In is her hope that her show Fourth Dimension at the European Art Fair Monaco will challenge the viewer to think differently about the surrounding environment, how it is changing and what we – artists, art lovers, and citizens of the world – can do to protect it.