Lecture With Dr. Katie Hanson:

In the Studio and en plein air

“In the Studio and en plein air: Impressionism Among Friends”

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Katie Hanson, Associate Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, for a FREE lecture thanks to the generous support of Oklahoma Humanities. Seating for this exciting talk is first-come, first served.

Distinctive brushwork, peculiar viewpoints, and subjects featuring faces and places dear to the particular artist are all hallmarks of Impressionism. While the paintings are distinctively individual, the Impressionist project – to exhibit independently of the state-sponsored and juried Salon – was a group effort. These were individuals who knew each other and each other’s work well and held strong opinions on the aims, limits, and directions of their own art and the art world of their time. They wrote to and about one another; they sometimes painted side-by-side; and, of course, they exhibited together. This lecture provides insight into these artists’ working practices and relationships as revealed in the paintings exhibited in Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Dr. Katie Hanson is Associate Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston where she is responsible for European paintings, 1800-1955. Her recent exhibitions in Boston have included Pairing Picasso (2016), Klimt and Schiele: Drawn (2018), and French Pastels: Treasures from the Vault (2018) and a touring exhibition in Japan entitled La Parisienne: Portraying Women in the Capital of Culture, 1715-1965 (2017-18). She holds a BA from University of Wisconsin, Madison, a Master’s from Williams College, and a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her publications include contributions to anthologies, exhibition catalogues, and journals addressing artists from Jean-Honoré Fragonard to Henri Matisse.


Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). At the Races: Before the Start, ca. 1885-92. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Photo: Katherine Wetzel. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts