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October 26, 1994
CONTACT: Sujata Massey

Art Historian Robert L. Herbert to
Deliver Israel Rosen Memorial Lecture

Robert L. Herbert, chair of the fine arts department at Mount Holyoke College, will deliver the annual Israel Rosen Memorial Lecture, which is cosponsored by the History of Art Department at The Johns Hopkins University and The Baltimore Museum of Art. The talk will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, at The Baltimore Museum of Art on Art Museum Drive in Baltimore. BMA admission is free to all those who attend the Rosen Memorial Lecture.

Dr. Herbert, who is a specialist in Barbizon, Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist art, will speak on revealing parallels in the art and lives of Fernand L‚ger and El Lissitzky. Both artists rose to prominence after World War I, favoring geometric and architectural forms in painting. In the 1920s, they shared an interest in the machine aesthetic, and both engaged in art of public scale. The Israel Rosen lecture is named for the late Johns Hopkins alumnus and Baltimore physician who was a major collector of modern art and art books.

Dr. and Mrs. Rosen began collecting works of modern art in 1936, long before it became fashionable. They collected close to 100 paintings by Picasso, Klee, Braque, Mondrian and others, and assembled an extensive library of books on 20th-century art.

Over the years, Dr. Rosen donated many of his books to the university's Milton S. Eisenhower Library, including rare material on cubism, abstract expressionism, constructivism and futurism. Of these, about 1,400 titles comprise the Israel Rosen Collection housed in the library's Special Collections Department.

For information, call the BMA at (410) 396-7100.

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