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Collectors Circle Lecture

GloriaGroomDr. Gloria Groom is an internationally acclaimed scholar and author on nineteenth-century European painting and sculpture. She is the Chair of European Painting and Sculpture and the David and Mary Winton Green Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dr. Groom has curated many major traveling exhibitions and was the lead curator for the groundbreaking Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity (2012-2013), which opened at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Others include: Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde (2006-2007); Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre (2005); Manet and the Sea (2003); Beyond the Easel: Decorative Painting by Bonnard, Vuillard, Denis and Roussel, 1890-1930 (2001); Renoir’s Portraits: Impressions of an Age (1997); Gustave Caillebotte: Urban Impressionist (1995); and Odilon Redon: Prince of Dreams (1994).  Among her future exhibitions are Van Gogh’s Bedrooms (2015) and Gauguin, Painter-Sculptor (2017), the latter in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay.

The author of numerous catalogues and essays, Dr. Groom has lectured across the country and in Europe. Her book, Edouard Vuillard: Painter-Decorator, was published by Yale University Press. Since 2009, she has led the project for the monographic online scholarly collection of catalogues for Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Manet, Gauguin, and Caillebotte. This effort has involved an international team of scholars, conservators, and scientists.

Dr. Groom was elected Chevalier and Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, respectively, by the Republic of France in 2005 and 2013 and was made Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur this year. She holds her BA from the University of Oklahoma and her MA and PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. She also received a graduate certificate from the École du Louvre in Paris.

Collectors Circle Lecture Series

Free with MFA admission, open to the public
Sponsored by Northern Trust

This outstanding series features some of the world’s foremost art historians, curators, artists, and collectors. The public is invited to these free lectures. An always elegant reception for Collectors Circle members, also sponsored by Northern Trust, is held one hour before the lecture. Seymour Gordon, Honorary Trustee and past President of the MFA Board, is President of the Collectors Circle.


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February 18, 2016

6:30–8 pm

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