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“Thomas Chambers, American Marine and Landscape Painter”

The Constitution and the Guerriere, Ca 1840-1850 Oil on Canvas, 18×31 1/4 inches Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The American Decorative Arts Forum’s August illustrated presentation is by the senior curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dr. Kathleen A. Foster, whose extensive research has added to a significantly fuller understanding of Thomas Chambers’ pioneering work.

Thomas Chambers (1808-1869) played a pioneering role in expanding American folk art, then consisting almost entirely of portraiture, to include landscape and maritime art in the mid-19th century.  He is best known for melding folk and cosmopolitan styles.  Chambers lapsed deep into obscurity only to be “rediscovered,” as were many other American folk artists, in the 1940’s, as a precursor to modernism in painting.

Kathleen Foster received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and master’s degrees and doctorate from Yale.  Prior to joining the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the Robert L. McNeil senior curator of American art, Dr. Foster was with the Indiana University Art Museum – which has an extraordinary collection of paintings by Thomas Chambers – and taught as an adjunct professor of art history and American studies at Indiana University. 

When/Where: The Tuesday, August 14, 2012 lecture begins at 8:00 PM, but arrive at 7:15 PM for the mini-exhibit where members will bring oil, watercolor and print landscapes. Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. 
How Much: Free to ADAF members and $15 to the general public. SFDC members pay only $10.  Show your current SFDC badge at the door.

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