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Art at Liljestrand: Surveying the Art of Jean Charlot

January 24, 2023 | Other Programs

Art at Liljestrand: Surveying the Art of Jean Charlot

With Malia Van Heukelem

Join us at Liljestrand House for an afternoon of presentation, conversation and light refreshments.  

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new lecture series inspired by Liljestrand Foundation’s art collection. The ancient Chinese objects, antique Japanese screens, tribal art from India, Africa and the Pacific Islands, and a collection of pieces by notable twentieth century Hawai`i artists add texture and depth to the experience of being in the house.  Using the art at Liljestrand as a touchstone, programs will give context to different aspects of the collection.

Join us for a broad survey of Jean Charlot’s staggering creative output on February 9th. Louis Henri Jean Charlot (1898-1979) was born in France where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was just launching his artistic career when he was recruited to serve in the army. Following WWI, he moved to Mexico where he is recognized among the great muralists of the 1920s. He was active across the continental United States for 20 years before settling in Hawaii in 1949, where he spent his remaining years. Charlot was an artist, teacher, archaeologist, and author. Art Archivist Librarian Malia Van Heukelem will focus on major styles and themes in his artwork as well as the various mediums he is known for, including: murals, paintings, and prints. She was hired to oversee the Jean Charlot Collection, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hamilton Library in December of 2017. This important collection of artist papers includes Charlot’s master set of prints, many drawings and his personal library and archive. Malia also manages the Archive of Hawaii Artists & Architects; many of these archives are closely connected to the Charlot Collection, such as the Ossipoff & Snyder Architects Collection. Previously, she worked in the Library’s Preservation Department, and has served as Collections Manager for the state’s Art in Public Places Collection and for ‘Iolani Palace.

Image: Hula Ki’i (detail), lithograph by Jean Charlot, 1973. Courtesy of the Jean Charlot Collection

That’s the most beautiful and well-preserved house I’ve ever been to. Thank you so much!

— Igor and Kate Gots, St. Petersburg, Russia

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