Three Gifted Artists of the Gilded Age with Izzi Abrams

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Friday, Mar 2, 2018, 1:30 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

This four week course will focus on three well known artists of the Gilded Age , the painter John Singer Sargent, the sculptor, Augustus Saint Gaudens, and the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

John Singer Sargent was considered the leading portrait painter of his generation. A student of the prestigious Ecole des Beaux -Arts in Paris, Sargent excelled in portraiture and was known for his controversial painting of Madame X and the magnificent painting of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Throughout his life he was also a master of watercolors painting around the world from the Middle East to the United States.

Augustus Saint Gaudens, who also trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, was thought to be the preeminent sculptor of the Gilded Age. His works included busts of well-known people both in Europe and America as well as monumental sculptures memorializing great Civil War generals. He also served as an advisor to the artists at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.

Frederick Law Olmsted was among the first to regard landscape architecture as a profession and also as a form of fine art. Creator of New York’s Central Park and Prospect Park, and Boston’s “Emerald Necklace”, he also served as the site planner of the Chicago World’s Fair.

Each week will be devoted to an artist, their lives and their works. We will also look at the way these artists crossed paths during their lives. The course will be enhanced by handouts and audio-visual material.

Izzi Abrams has a been a librarian at the Swampscott Public for the past 23 years. She received her BA from Clark University and her M.ED from Wheelock College. She has been teaching mini courses at a number of senior residences including Lasell Village, Nichols Village, Waterstone, the Residence at Vinnin Square and Edgewood for the past 10 years. She has created a number of programs related to history and art. Her style of teaching includes handouts, discussion, and audio-visual materials.


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