Muscatine Art Center hosts lecture series on famous European artists

The Muscatine Art Center’s collections were significantly enriched in 1992 by a gift of 27 works by such notables as Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Degas, Boudin, Chagall, Renoir and other European artists. The collection came from the estate of Mary Musser Gilmore in honor of her parents, Richard Drew Musser and Sarah Walker Musser.

This spring, the art center is welcoming art history speaker Carol Ehlers to present a series of lectures on featured artists from the Mary Musser Gilmore Collection. The series is titled “Artists Inspirations” and will focus on Pablo Picasso, Paul Signac and Raoul Dufy, as well as the artists who influenced each of them. The lectures will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning this week. The lectures will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Here is a glance at the series:

n Thursday, March 28. “Pablo Picasso Looks at Edgar Degas”

Picasso is said to have

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