W103 | John Singer Sargent and His Subjects:
Portraits and Lives


Wednesdays

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Online only

3/23, 3/30 & 4/6

Three Sessions








The in-person sessions are FULL: AT CAPACITY. To join waiting list email olli@berkshirecc.edu. Online sessions are still available.

John Singer Sargent is best known for the oil portraits he created for his vast network of friends, patrons, and connections on both sides of the Atlantic. We will look at his work and learn about the lives of those he portrayed. Subjects will include his teacher, Carolus-Duran, whose portrait hangs at the Clark Art Institute, and Joseph and Caroline Choate, whose charcoal portraits are displayed at their former home, Naumkeag. The lives of other subjects including Elsie Palmer and the Boit sisters will also be explored. Background on Sargent’s life, and a survey of his works in charcoal and his murals will also be presented. While concerned with Sargent’s place in art history, this course will also focus on his life story and the social milieu of which he was part.

The course will be presented with a mix of online and in-person sessions. Jock Brooks will lead one session in the galleries at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown on April 20th, while another will be held by Mark Wilson at Naumkeag in Stockbridge on April 13th.  Students may also choose to participate in only the three online sessions.

Click here for a list of resources: John Singer Sargent Resources.pdf

Ann Berman has taught courses in life-long learning programs on early modern plays and on 19th-century writers. Jock Brooks served for many years as the Associate Director of the Clark Art Institute.  Mark Wilson is Curator of Collections for The Trustees of Reservations and is based at Naumkeag in Stockbridge.

When registering, only the 3 online sessions are available.

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