Author to talk about ‘Painting Central Park’

MOUNT DESERT — Roger Pasquier will talk about his book “Painting Central Park” at the Northeast Harbor Library Wednesday, July 11, at 5:30 p.m.

The book aims to show the wide range of artworks inspired by Central Park and the importance of the park in American art history.

“Central Park has been called, ‘one of the greatest works of art in America,'” organizers of the event said, “and it, in turn, has inspired many of America’s greatest painters. From impressionists and members of the Ashcan School to 21st-century conceptual artists and photorealists, painters have depicted the park’s landscapes, landmarks and activities in some of their most iconic work.”

In his book, Pasquier collects the works of major figures in American art who have painted the iconic public space including George Bellows, William Merritt Chase, William Glackens, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Maurice Prendergast, Milton Avery, Helen Frankenthaler and Winslow Homer as well as living artists as varied as Christo and Richard Estes.

The art in the book reflects more than a century of American social experience organizers said, “from early landscapes showing the park during construction, to views of its major landmarks like the Bethesda Terrace and Conservatory Water, to scenes, to crowds at play and people in solitary contemplation, to the evolving vistas of cityscape” of the present day.

Roger Pasquier was born in New York City and grew up playing in Central Park. He studied art history at Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley. His career has been in environment and conservation.

The foreword of the book was written by Amanda Burden who is the former director of the New York City Department of City Planning and chair of the City Planning Commission.

This talk is free and is open to the public and everyone is welcome

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