Viewpoint: Story on UM painting a refreshing topic
As a semi-retired art historian, I was very intrigued by your article about the painting by Dana recently returned to you (University of Montana). I wasn't familiar with her work but a bit of research was well worth it as many of her works are quite fine.
I didn't see in your article any attribution of a date to this painting. And while she did study briefly with Chase and Cassatt--and some of her works show an influence of American Impressionism--this painting of "Clifford Breeding" can in no terms be regarded as an example of the impressionist style. Much closer to some of the "realist" portraits of the Ashcan School.
I guess "Impressionism" might be more well known than Ashcan, and might entice more readers to the article though.
But I always enjoy reading about artists that are new to me!