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Annual General Meeting, Stanstead Historical Society

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June 17, 2017
10 a.m.
Solarium, Colby-Curtis Museum, 535 Dufferin, Stanstead, Quebec

11:00 a.m.: a talk by Monique Nadeau-Saumier — UNDER THE INFLUENCE : The Impressionist Movement as seen in the art of Wilbur Reaser

Wilbur Reaser (1860-1942) was an American artist who travelled to Stanstead early in the 20th century at the invitation of Jessie Colby. One of Reaser’s first commissions in Canada was a series of portraits of the Colby family. Very soon, the artist and his wife became friends of the Colbys and spent a few summers in Stanstead as guests in a house facing Carrollcroft, then owned by the Colby family. Besides the formal portraits that are quite conventional, Reaser painted several informal domestic scenes and landscapes where the influence of French Impressionism is obvious.

Reaser, together with several American and Canadian painters of his generation, had studied in Paris and attended art classes at renowned French Academies, such as Julian and Colarossi. Another important influence was the Barbizon school and plein-air painting which they quickly adopted.

The talk will present the similarities and differences between the work of Reaser and that of his American contemporaries, such as Childe Hassam, Theodore Wendel, Theodore Robinson as well as a few Canadian artists of the same generation, like Suzor-Coté, Clarence Gagnon and others.

A light lunch will follow the presentation. Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Call to reserve your place: 819-876-7322.