Saturday, August 24 at 1:00 pm

Girl in the Chinese Porcelain Room Painting Presentation

Join us on Saturday, August 24 at 1:00 p.m. in the Bement Room for a talk about the painting Girl in the Chinese Porcelain Room by Matilda Auchincloss Brownell.   Our presenter, Mr. Arnold Jaffe, will be discussing the changing image of women in American painting as shown in the Girl in the Chinese Porcelain Room.

While our Nisbet painting is being restored, the space above the fireplace in the Bement Room will hold an oil on canvas, Girl in the Chinese Porcelain Room, by Matilda Auchincloss Brownell (1871-1966) which was created in 1910.  Matilda was a frequent exhibitor at the Stockbridge Casino annual exhibitions during the same time period as Nisbet.  One of her specialties, figure painting, was hailed as the highest level of artistic achievement.  She also pursued still life painting and portraiture.  The Library is very fortunate to have this painting on display while the Nisbet painting is being restored.

About the presenter:  Arnold Jaffe and Diane Thurston began dealing in and collecting American paintings in 1978.  Now retired, their personal interests continue to be American Impressionism and early Modernism.  Mr. Jaffe, who will be speaking about the painting and its historical context has a PhD. in American social history.

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