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The frontier spirit

The frontier spirit

With art historian Jaime Tsai

Image: Mary Cassatt Little girl in a blue armchair 1878 (detail), National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

3 Tracks
01 Jaime Tsai: Bringing Paris home - Mary Cassatt’s domestic Impressionism

Educated in Philadelphia, but spending much of her life in Paris, Mary Cassatt defied the expectations of a middle-class woman in the 19th century by never marrying and by joining the most ridiculed group of artists in France: the Impressionists. Fiercely independent and prodigiously talented, Cassatt not only held her own amongst the most innovative painters of her time, but also brought Impressionism back to America, where conservative tastes were transformed under her influence.

02 Jaime Tsai: Continuity and revolution - Frank Lloyd Wright and the birth of the modern home

The American frontier spirit is nostalgically inscribed in Frank Lloyd Wright’s bold, horizontal homes. His uniquely American prairie-style architecture echoed the great flatlands of the midwest, and forever revolutionised traditional suburban housing.

03 Jaime Tsai: Helen Frankenthaler - Explosive landscapes