Bard at Work



Elie Shneour


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Shown here at work in his studio, Stefan Hirsch was one of a number of emigre intellectuals at Bard who enriched the curriculum in the 1930s and 1940s, and provided a sound basis for the 'progressive' label that had come to be associated with a Bard education. Professor Hirsch was a post-impressionist painter, lithographer and beloved teacher who helped to shape the art department, emphasizing the need for students to combine personal creativity with scholarly learning. The completed canvas now hangs in President Botstein’s office. One of many intellectual émigrés at Bard during and after WWII, Stefan Hirsch, along with others (including Felix and Elizabeth Hirsch, Werner and Kate Wolff, Adolph Sturmthal, Emil Hauser, and Heinrich Bluecher), represented a rich infusion of European scholars into Bard’s mid-century teaching community.



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