After the Civil War, as the nation emerges from conflict and tragedy, artists will reflect on the war’s legacy as they paint an America now looking to the future. Eastman Johnson would be called “America’s Rembrandt” and paints the African American experience from slavery to freedom. Thomas Eakins paintings of the male figure will be admired for their modern realism but also shock many of Philadelphia’s society. In oil and watercolor, Winslow Homer, who had trained as a Civil War illustrator for Harper’s Weekly, will present Americans on the battlefield, in rural life, at their leisure and celebrating their maritime heritage sailing the open seas. In a wide range of visual images, profiles of the artists, and the historical context, this lecture will reflect on their enduring contribution to the art of America.
Art Lecture Presenter Bob Potter is a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. He spent his early career as an art director and creative director for leading media companies including Scholastic Magazines, Time Warner, and National Geographic. He was a corporate development officer for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Bob launched a professional development program for art students at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and is a docent at the Yale Center For British Art. He and his wife Jeanne, who is a master watercolor artist, live in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
This Library program is co-sponsored with Schiller Shoreline Institute for Lifelong Learning (SSILL).
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