Arts at the Library


Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George Docent LectureSan Mateo County Library hosts wonderful art docent lectures, arranged by librarian Stephanie Conrad; the next free events to see Georgia O’Keeffe’s Lake George paintings are at Millbrae on Wed., March 26 at 7 pm or at Atherton on Sat., April 19 at 2 pm. I’d go early to get a seat because Woodside Library’s recent talk with art docent Kay Payne had a standing room only audience of 89! Check the Events listings on the SMCL website to see other arts related lectures.

The DVD Version...

In the meantime, you might take a look at the dramatization of Georgia O’Keeffe’s life in the 2010 DVD featuring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons (as Alfred Stieglitz.)

Other Eponymous Art Drama DVDs…

A more recent (2013) art related DVD is Renoir, a sumptuously filmed but very slow moving portrayal of aging Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his son Jean, who would prefer to capture images on film.

I have mixed feelings about mentioning Klimt, a 2008 drama starring John Malkovich. I wanted to like the film because I was stunned recently seeing Gustav Klimt’s Judith and the Head of Holofernes in the original at the Museum Kampa. But the flashback story technique and the controversial (and unlikeable) character of the artist made the viewing experience kind of “Ewwwh…”.

Back to Book Format…

I can recommend without reservations the sappily-titled I Always Loved You, a fictionalized account of American artist Mary Cassatt and her relationship with the difficult Edgar Degas. It’s an evocative and descriptive account of the circle of artists in Belle Époque Paris, including Berthe Morisot, her lover Edouard Manet, and her husband, Eugene Manet. And this novel certainly revolves around the same theme of Georgia O’Keeffe’s life: that of a woman artist striving to create work while surrounded by dominant and difficult men.


Author Bio:

Karen Y.’s longstanding art interests have been intensified by her young adult daughter’s graduate studies and the daughter’s recent residential art curatorial program in Vienna and Budapest.


Women Artists

Very informative blog. Thank you for pointing out how resilient and combative women had to be in order to promote their art. In the literary world Zelda Fitzgerald and Simone de Beauvoir experienced the same challenges.

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