A Class of 1971 Special 50th Reunion Event
Sunday, April 11, 2021
3-4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Hostesses, Circumnavigators, Watercolorists, and Exotic Dancers:
How Nineteenth-Century Women’s Culture Made John Singer Sargent
By Professor Paul Fisher
Earlier generations of art historians noticed how complex and remarkable John Singer Sargent’s portraits of women tend to be. But are these “Sargent’s women,” or do the women in the portraits actually manifest the momentous changes in women’s roles that took place during Sargent’s lifetime? This talk explores Sargent’s rich depictions of women and the many ways in which his work owes a great debt to nineteenth-century women’s culture.