137. An American Woman Artist Abroad — Mary Rogers Williams
37 minutes. Released March 1, 2022
March is Women’s History Month and in this episode, publisher Elizabeth Normen talks with author Eve Kahn about her 2019 book, Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Wiliams,1857 – 1907 (Wesleyan University Press, 2019). It’s a rare insider view of the challenges women artists faced in the late 19th century. Kahn drew from a collection of Williams’s gossipy letters home in which she describes her desperation to escape her teaching job at Smith College to paint and travel abroad. Hear how Williams talked her way into artist James McNeil Whistler’s London home, and about drawing from a cadaver at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.
Find out about Eve Kahn’s upcoming author talks at https://www.evekahn.com and read her story in the Winter 2021-2022 issue of CTExplored.
“Mary Rogers Williams: “We Shall Want to do a Lot of Rambling,” Winter 2021-2022
“An Art School Forged in the Gilded Age,” Spring 2003
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