‘The Gentlemen Art Collectors of the Gilded Age’ Webinar
The titans of American industries during the Gilded Age (1870s-1910s) spent their money in very unique ways — one of which was chasing down and purchasing art in every corner of the globe to add to their ever-growing collections. But did these men truly have an astute eye for quality and art historical significance, or rather an insatiable appetite for status symbols that affirmed their wealth, success, and achievement? It’s time to uncover the art world of the 19th century and whether the past can inform us of art collecting’s trajectory in the 21st century.
Join New York Adventure Club as we travel back in time to the late 19th century to explore the lives and artistic legacies of a handful of American men who became some of the world’s preeminent art collectors.
Led by art historian, appraiser, and writer Lynn Villency Cohen, our look at America’s Gilded Age gentlemen movers & shakers in the art world will include:
- An overview of the major gentlemen collectors of the 19th century, including Alexander Turney Stewart, William Henry Vanderbilt, and Jay Gould
- A look at the artists, subjects, and styles of the paintings these collectors favored, from Bouguereau and Gerome to Meissonier and Bonheur
- The motivations in assembling such immaculate art collections, which ranged from a genuine appreciation of certain artistic elements to oversized egos (and wallets)
- The fate of these grand collections after their owners’ passing
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Lynn — any and all questions about these gentlemen art collectors are welcomed and encouraged!
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See you there, virtually! $10.
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