Seward Johnson – Making a Good Impressionist

Manet - Argenteuil and Sewell Johnson - Sailing the Seine
Manet – Argenteuil and Seward Johnson – Sailing the Seine

As I mentioned in the prior posts, Seward Johnson tries to make art accessible and understandable. He feels the Impressionist painters also did this, In an homage to these masters, he has rendered some of their paintings in 3-D as sculptures. While visiting Grounds for Sculpture, my wife and I looked up the original paintings on our phones and then tried to frame the sculptures accordingly. Here are the side by side comparisons. See what you think.

Renoir - Luncheon of the Boating Party and Sewell Johnson - Were You Invited
Renoir – Luncheon of the Boating Party and Seward Johnson – Were You Invited

Monets - Garden at Sainte-Adresse and Sewell Johnsons - Copyright Violation
Monet – Garden at Sainte-Adresse and Seward Johnson – Copyright Violation

Van Goghs  Bedroom in Arles and Sewall Johnsons Recreation of Van Goghs Bedroom in Arles
Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles and Seward Johnson’s Recreation
Entering this one is a bit disorienting because the furnishings are at such odd angles. It is a bit like PeeWee’s Playhouse. Seward Johnson used to use this as his bedroom in his studio.

Renoir - On the Terrace and Sewell Johnson - Family Secret
Renoir – On the Terrace and Seward Johnson – Family Secret

And for those of you who doubt these are real sculptures, I offer the following:


30 thoughts on “Seward Johnson – Making a Good Impressionist

      1. laraklopp

        Actually, my husband’s parents are in Harleysville, PA … according to Mapquest, that’s just an hour away. It would make a great day trip at Thanksgiving time. Thank you for sharing. I forget how much more open to the world I become when I spend the time to really follow other people’s blogs. And now I know something, and am excited about something, I’d never heard of when I woke up this morning. Thank you! šŸ™‚

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