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Immerse Yourself in the Art of Revolutionary Impressionists at Senior Center’s Masters Series

Published on Mar 31, 2023

The next term of The Masters Series, presented by the Pasadena Senior Center for members and nonmembers 50 and older, will focus on 19th century impressionist artists Tuesdays, April 18 to May 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Art historian Katherine E. Zoraster, whose specialty is art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, will lead the multimedia sessions with a look at how 19th century impressionist artists rebelled against standards of the day to emerge as some of the most influential and beloved artists of all time. She also will explore impressionists’ styles and inspirations as well as their intertwined lives, the world in which they lived and painted and their lasting impact on the next generation of artists.

Radicals in their time, early impressionists violated the rules of traditional academic painting. Artists who exemplify the iconic movement include Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Frédéric Bazille, Mary Cassatt, Camille Pissarro and others.

Each of the six-week presentations will have a different topic:

April 18: In Advance of Impressionism: Manet, Baudelaire and “Modern Life”

April 25: Formulations of the Impressionist Movement

May 2: Capturing Fleeting Moments – Monet and Renoir

May 9: Urban landscapes – Degas and Caillebotte

May 16: Women of Impressionism

May 23: Impressionism Abroad

The cost for the series is only $75 for members of the Pasadena Senior Center and $90 for nonmembers.

To register for the Zoom series, visit and click on Lectures & Classes, then Masters Series Lifelong Learning. Everyone who registers will receive email instructions for joining each week’s Zoom class online.

For more information, call 626-795-4331.

In addition to online classes, onsite events and other activities, members and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center are encouraged to visit the website regularly for a quarterly online magazine, free food delivery for older adults in need, COVID updates specifically for older adults and more.

The center is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has served older adults for more than 60 years. Extended spring and summer hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Rooms are sanitized after each use. Masks are optional.

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