Art historian bares colors of the Impressionists

Art historian Sean Crum will discuss Impressionism at Porter Library on April 5.

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presents a program on “Impressionism from Manet to Monet” by art historian Sean Crum on Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

Four 18th-century artists and their works will be Sean’s focus as he shares his knowledge and experience on Impressionism and its repercussions in the art world. His spotlight will be on Edouard Manet, Pierre August Renoir, Edgar Degas and Claude Monet, contemporaries who were born within a nine-year span – 1831 to 1841, all central figures in the Impressionist Movement.

Sean describes the Impressionists as the creators of a new way of painting and looking at the natural world. He adds that they challenged historical conventions that stood for centuries and created a new vision based on direct observation, sketchy brush strokes, high keyed color, and a keen awareness of the science of perception.

This interesting and informative program, which the WWAC offers free to the community, will illuminate the history and detail around these four artists and their treasured paintings, which have become highly identified works, even to the unstudied art observer. 

Sean, a professional artist and musician for over 40 years and a professional art historian for 30 years, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cleveland State University and a Master of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University. 

His credits include over 35 art and educational awards, being featured in 12 one-man shows, and accepted in more than 50 juried shows. Numerous collections have his work, including Patricia Heaton’s collection and The Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas. Sean has conducted tours at the Cleveland Museum of Art and has done numerous workshops and demonstrations for various organizations. He retired from teaching art and art history for North Ridgeville High School in 2012. He is currently teaching art history for the Center for LifeLong Learning at Lorain County Community College.

Louise Seeholzer

Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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