Iconic paintings to offer insight into their milieu

The Brandywine River Museum is hosting a five-part lecture series that starts Friday at 10 a.m.

The Brandywine River Museum is hosting a five-part lecture series on American art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that starts Friday at 10 a.m.

Upcoming Brandywine River Museum lecture series will focus on five works

Five iconic works at the Brandywine River Museum promise insight about the times in which they took shape, courtesy of an upcoming lecture series.

Starting this Friday at 10 a.m., the five-part series, a college-level introduction to American art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, will devote one session to each of five paintings.

The works to be discussed are Alexander Gardner’s Home of a Rebel Sharp Shooter (1863), Feb. 1;  Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic (1875), Feb. 8;  Grant Wood’s American Gothic (1930), Feb.15; Walker Evans’ Sharecropper’s Daughter, Hale County Alabama (1936),  Feb. 22; and  Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World (1948), March 1.

“When we ask the right questions, works of art can tell us a great deal about the society that created them.  They are gateways to understanding life in another era,” says Amanda C. Burdan, the museum’s assistant curator, who will present the lectures. “Each of these works is a reflection of the period in which it was created.”

Tickets for the series – $50 for adults and $40 for members – include museum admission. Reservations can be made online or by phone at 610-388-8326. Tickets for individual lectures are $15 for adults, $12 for members, and may be purchased at the museum on the day of the program. In the event of a weather cancellation, the scheduled lecture will be moved to the following week.

The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. 1 in Chadds Ford.  It is open daily, except Christmas, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors; $6 for students and children ages 6 to 12; and free for members and children under 6.  Museum admission is free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to noon from Jan. 13 through Nov. 24 (except during the Antiques Show on Memorial Day weekend). For more information, please call 610-388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.

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