Transatlantic Crossing: Reflections on Water in European Painting, from Friedrich to Monet

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Tulane University, Woldenberg Art Center, Freeman Auditorium
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Transatlantic Crossing: Reflections on Water in European Painting

Transatlantic Crossing: Reflections on Water in European Painting

The 19th century witnessed an explosion of interest on the part of both American and European artists in representing various aspects of the natural world. Indeed, some of the most innovative artists working on both sides of the Atlantic focused on subjects drawn from nature be they landscapes or waterscapes—as their vehicle for exploring a variety of social and artistic issues.

Dr. Foa’s talk will situate the images in the Newcomb Art Gallery’s current exhibition, Reflections on Water in American Painting, in a broader transatlantic context by analyzing some highlights from the history of images of water produced by leading European artists during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Like the American artists whose work is on view in the gallery, these European artists were drawn to water as a means of expressing some of the most compelling philosophical, political, economic, and artistic developments of their time.

Dr. Foa will discuss some of the rich and very diverse sets of associations that water evoked for European artists, from the dramatic seascapes of the pivotal early 19th-century artist Caspar David Friedrich to the vast water lilies canvases of Claude Monet, the culmination of a career-long fascination with water.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

For more information contact Teresa Farris via email at or by phone at 504.865.5328.

Event Time: 18:00:00