April 16, 2013
George Shackelford, deputy director of Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum, will speak on "Mad on Color: Impressionism in Venice" at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium of the Meadows Museum on the SMU Campus.
Historian Bernard Berenson wrote from Venice to his patron Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1888, “One soon forgets to think of form here, going almost mad on color, thinking in color, talking in color, almost living in color.”
Shackelford will show the ways the Impressionists Renoir and Monet, along with friends Whistler and Sargent, went “mad on color” in the magical city of water and light.
Shackelford joined the Kimbell in 2011 after being chairman of European art and curator of modern art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for 15 years. For 11 years prior to that he was curator of European painting and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He was made a Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des letters by the Republic of France in 2005.
Thursday's Meadows event is free and open to the public.