Boulder has the distinction of landing on many “best of” lists, several for the town’s focus on health, outdoors and well being. It also has a population much younger than the national average, 28.7 years compared to the U.S. median age of 37.2, thanks in large part to the University of Colorado at Boulder, a major player in Boulder.

Yet the city is also known for its artistic side, smarts and for being a great place to retire, landing on “top brainiest,” “top cities for artists” and “top place to retire” lists in recent years. Being less than 100 yards from the boundary of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Flatirons Terrace is lucky to tap into these smarts and understanding of the arts with informative and engaging presentations by Dr. Marilyn Brown, an art history professor at CU-Boulder who is a monthly contributor to the community’s vibrant resident calendar.

A specialist in nineteenth-century French art, Marilyn earned her doctorate at Yale but has been associated with CU-Boulders for more than three decades. Her recent talks have run the gamut, ranging from “Introduction to Napoleonic and Restoration Romanticism in France,” in which she spoke about well-known artists of the time as well as developments in painting during the restoration of the Bourbon monarchs following Napoleon’s demise; “British and American Visionaries,” covering several Romantic artists; and “German Romanticism” in which she tackled the works of German Romantic painters,  nature mysticism, and the origins of “the sublime” in landscape.

“I found when I retired after teaching art history for 40 years, I worried that I would miss it,” Marilyn said. “What I have found in visiting with the Flatirons Terrace residents is that this opportunity gives me everything I love about teaching (the material, the discussion), without the grading, administrative chores, and time pressure. The residents and I proceed at our own pace.  The residents are such wells of wisdom and diverse life experiences (an intriguing change after teaching millennials).”

While the topics are heady, Marilyn says Flatirons Terrace’s residents are thoughtful, engaged and curious. A frequent essayist in academic publications such as Art Bulletin, Art Journal and Arts Magazine, speaker and author – her latest book publish last year is the “Gamin de Paris” in Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture: Delacroix, Hugo and the French Social Imaginary – Marilyn says she looks forwards to sharing her knowledge with Flatirons Terrace’s residents.

She says these presentations gives me fresh perspectives and new insights on topics that she has loved to teach across “the long nineteenth-century,” stretching from the French Revolution in the late 18th century to World War I in the early 20th century.

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