23 Jul

Through Her Eyes: The Impressionist Work of Anna Stanley

This fall, the Neill-Cochran House Museum will present a retrospective exhibition of the work of the late 19th century American painter Anna Stanley.

This unique opportunity to view Impressionist work in Austin brings together a broad cross-section of Ms. Stanley’s work in watercolor and oil.  The exhibit will encourage the viewer to see the world through the artist’s eyes, and to walk with her through the United States, France, Holland, and East Asia around 1900.

Stanley, who trained at The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts in Philadelphia and at the Academie Julian in Paris, exhibited at the Paris Salon and in many public exhibitions in the United States from the late 1880s through the 1890s.  A daughter and ultimately wife of career military officers, Stanley moved frequently, always recording her impressions of her surroundings.

This exhibit will be on view in our gallery and free with museum admission from September 5 through December 21.

Through Her Eyes: Coming into One’s Own as a Woman Artist at the End of the 19th Century

In the fall of 1887, 23-year-old Anna Stanley sailed for Europe with her mother and a friend, to enroll in classes at the Academie Julian in Paris.  Anna was no novice, having studied already for several years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and having publicly exhibited and sold paintings in the United States.  In this lecture, Dr. Dasch will focus on Anna Stanley’s progression from student to professional artist and look at the way her work speaks to the changing opportunities for women artists in the latter part of the 19th century, as well as the gender-based tensions that still existed in academic circles and in American and European culture.

Tickets for this presentation are $15 general / $10 members of the Friends of the NCHM / $5 students and include complimentary refreshments. Parking is available free to museum patrons behind the museum and along 23rd street.

Buy tickets for Sunday October 21, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Buy tickets for Thursday November 1, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Private Gallery Talks

Prefer to invite your own guests or enjoy Through Her Eyes over coffee, lunch, or cocktails? Gallery talks with Dr. Rowena Houghton Dasch for this exhibit are available by prior arrangement. Options are available for morning coffee, lunch, cocktails, or just the art itself. See our gallery talks flyer for more details.

Simply fill out our interest form to start the scheduling process.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.