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A Virtual Talk on American Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams by Author & Scholar Eve Kahn
July 12 EDT$5
Revolutionary artist Mary Rogers Williams (1857-1907), a baker’s daughter from Hartford, Connecticut, biked and hiked from the Arctic Circle to Naples, exhibited from Paris to Indianapolis, trained at the Art Students League, chafed against art world rules that favored men, wrote thousands of pages about her travels and work and taught at Smith College for nearly two decades. Despite all this, she almost ended up totally obscure.
The book, Forever Seeing New Beauties, reproduces her unpublished artworks that capture pensive gowned women, Norwegian slopes reflected in icy waters, saw-tooth rooflines on French chateaux and incense hazes in Italian chapels. It also offers a vivid portrayal of an adventurer, defying her era’s expectations.
Author Eve M. Kahn is an independent scholar specializing in art and architectural history, design and preservation. She was a weekly Antiques columnist at The New York Times, from 2008 to 2016. She contributes regularly to the Times, The Magazine Antiques, Apollo and Atlas Obscura.
- Fairfield, Conn.
October 24 EDT