Three Saturdays: April 10th, 17th & 24th, 2021
The lure of Europe—Paris, Venice, Rome, and the Italian Countryside—proved irresistible for some of the most creative painters and sculptors of America.
Learn what attracted them, under whose influence they happily fell, and the remarkable works they created. Our cast of characters includes Samuel F.B. Morse, George Healy, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Harriet Hosmer, Anne Whitney, Thomas Cole, George Inness, James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Robert Frederick Blum, Mary Cassatt, Lilla Cabot Perry, Theodore Robinson, Maurice Prendergast, Robert Henri, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, and Arthur Matthews whose studies at the Academie Julian significantly altered artistic theory in California.
- The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
- Venice: The American View, 1860-1920 by Margaretta M. Lovell
- The Lure of Italy: American Artists and the Italian Experience, 1760-1914 by Theodore Stebbins, Jr.
Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has led study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.