Arts Society

Susan Rosoff

Select Tuesdays, 10:30am - noon

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.

Please call 407.896.4231 ext. 262 or email for more information

About Susan Rosoff

Susan Rosoff is the founder and managing member of Susan Merrill Rosoff, Arts and Museum Consulting, LLC and co-author of Teaching Through the Arts, Writing, Volume 1.  Previously she served as Curator of Education at Orlando Museum of Art, where she developed many award-winning programs for adults, including outreach programs for seniors in assisted living facilities and adults suffering from memory loss, as well as lectures, workshops, seminars, and art appreciation classes. In partnership with the University of Central Florida (UCF) she taught graduate and undergraduate art history classes based on the Orlando Museum of Art's contemporary art exhibitions.  As an adjunct instructor at UCF she also taught Twentieth Century Art, Art of the Last Twenty-Five Years and Non-Western Art.  She continues to develop educational material for museums, while directing and coordinating projects through the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE), and working with teachers on arts integration. Rosoff holds a B.A. in English from Briarcliff College, and an M.A. in art museum studies from Norwich University.  
Read More