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Feb. 5, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
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2020 Osher Lecture: A New Look at Impressionism: Claude Monet

Presented by John D. Spreckels Center - UCSD Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Feb. 5, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

John D. Spreckels Center 1019 Seventh Street Coronado, CA 92118


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On Wednesday, February 5, at 2:30 p.m., the City of Coronado’s John D. Spreckels Center will be streaming a free lecture on, “A New Look at Impressionism: Claude Monet” in partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.   Impressionism was transformative, for it shattered the trajectory of Western art, rejecting much that had come before and altering all that followed. Post-medieval Western art originated in the 1400s in Florence, then for the next 400 years simply hummed along, remaining true to its Quattrocento beginnings. Then, in the 1860s, painting slipped off its smoothly greased rails. A new generation of skilled, innovative artists — reviled in their own day, revered today — challenged traditional techniques and assumptions.

This lecture begins with a discussion of pure Impressionist theory and technique  -- “plein air painting,” the “fugitive moment,” Impressionist color theory and brushwork — as illuminated by the artist who most fully inhabits the theories and techniques of Impressionism, Claude Monet.

This informative lecture will feature Linda Blair who earned her B.A. from Mills College and an M.A. in history from the University of San Diego. She lectured widely in the East while serving as a docent for five years at the Cloisters of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. In San Diego she has taught art history at the UC San Diego Extension, the Athenaeum Library, and UCSD’s Osher Institute, where she is a perennial favorite. She is an active volunteer at UCSD and is on the board of Town & Gown, dedicated to rais­ing scholarship funds.

To sign up or receive additional information, stop by the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh Street, call (619) 522-7343, or visit online at