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SUMMER ARTS SOCIETY – The French Connection
Continuing with the theme of artists as collectors, this summer’s lecture series will focus on the French Impressionist. Almost all of the Impressionists had small collections, but three artists were inveterate collectors: Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, and Edgar Degas. This series is presented by museum educator Susan Rosoff.
Series Tuition for OM°A Members: $60
Series Tuition for Future Members: $75
June 7: Claude Monet
Claude Monet started an art collection almost as soon as he arrived in Paris. For the 30 years he struggled to gain recognition, his collecting consisted of gifts from his contemporaries. Later, when he was wealthy, he purchased works, but he kept his collection deeply private. Even when he knew the artists, he bought at auction or through dealers. His collection included masterpieces by predecessors like Delacroix and Corot and contemporaries like Manet, Renoir, and Cezanne.
June 21: Gustave Caillebotte
Gustave Caillebotte, as both an Impressionist painter and a pioneering collector, was key in advancing French painting in the last quarter of the 19th century. He was financially secure, and bought works by many Impressionists to help them financially and because he admired their work. His collection included multiple paintings by Manet, Monet, Pissarro, and Renoir. He died early, and left much of his collection to the French state, who turned out to be less than grateful – dealing with his controversial bequest lasted for years.
July 12: Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas was one of the most illustrious and widely studied of all French painters. However, his activity as a collector is largely unknown. He was one of the most important collectors in France, acquiring well over 2,000 works, among them pieces by Caillebotte, Cassatt, Daumier, Gauguin, Morisot, Ingres, and Delacroix, to name a few. A confirmed bachelor, his artworks were his adopted children.
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