Evenings with an Author: Stanley Mazaroff
April 9 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min
A Paris Life A Baltimore Treasure tells the fascinating story of George Lucas, a young man fluent in French and in love with French art from Baltimore, who arrived in Paris in 1857 and became a pioneering art agent who connected the most celebrated mid-nineteenth-century French artists with the most prominent and voracious American collectors. The most remarkable aspect of Lucas’s long life in Paris was his own enormous collection of 18,000 works of French art, that included paintings by Cabanel, Corot and Daubigny and prints by Whistler, Manet and Cassatt. Following Lucas death in 1909, his entire collection was shipped to Baltimore and had a remarkable life of its own, becoming the subject of a monumental battle over its ownership that was fought in and out of court and that captivated the attention of museum directors and art lovers across the country. In the words of one historian of French art, A Paris Life A Baltimore Treasure, “describes vividly the art world in Paris during the Gilded Age and the timeliness of Lucas’s role in the formation of some of the most significant art collections in America.”
Stanley Mazaroff is an independent art historian and retired lawyer. Recognized annually as one of “The Best Lawyers in America,” Mr. Mazaroff left the practice of law to enroll as a Special Student in the Art History Department of Johns Hopkins University. Among his highly praised books and articles on art history are Henry Walters and Bernard Berenson, Collector and Connoisseur (2010) and more recently A Paris Life A Baltimore Treasure,The Remarkable Lives of George A. Lucas and His Art Collection (2018), both of which have been published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
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