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Paris Art Studies September - October 2014

 

The Story of the Portrait in European Art with Chris Boïcos

 

Part 3: 1540-1660 - The Late Renaissance and Baroque Portrait - from Titian to Rembrandt.

The premises of Baroque portraiture are already present  in the later portraits of the great masters of 16th century Venice. Full length and mid length formats for the portraits of princes, high civil servants, aristocrats and their ladies are now standard. A new sense of flourish and looseness in brushwork combines with brilliant or dramatic coloring in the portraits of Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese after 1540. Two great Flemish masters, Rubens and van Dyck, will take the Venetian model further in the early 17th century and establish it as the international norm for the court portrait in the Netherlands, England and France. Rembrandt who admired both Titian and Rubens will be the greatest exponent of the Baroque style in portraiture in Holland along with Frans Hals. Rembrandt will, however, bring to the Baroque portrait an unprecedented  psychological depth that gives to his portraiture a profound dimension that is beyond style. The other Dutch portraitists (Verspronck, de Vos, Leyster, de Bray…) , though also inspired by the southern Netherlands and Italy, will develop a model of bourgeois portraiture, more appropriate to the sense of pride and virtue of the well-to-do mercantile inhabitants of  Holland in its Golden Age.

 

Friday 12 September - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide lecture – The Late Renaissance portrait in Venice: Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese.

Friday 19 September - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide lecture – Peter Paul Rubens and the birth of the Baroque portrait.

Friday 26 September - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Visit to Louvre – Rubens and Baroque portraiture in the Low countries.  Meet 10:15 am inside Louvre pyramid by the information desk with ticket in hand.

Friday 3 October -  10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide lecture – Anthony Van Dyck and the aristocratic Baroque portrait.

Friday 10 October - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide lecture – Rembrandt I: the Baroque Portrait in Holland.

Friday 17 October - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Visit to Louvre – Rembrandt and Dutch portraiture in the Golden Age.  Meet 10:15 am inside Louvre pyramid by the information desk with ticket in hand.

Friday 24 October - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide lecture  – Rembrandt II and Dutch Portraiture in the Golden Age (1600-1670).

 

Coffee and tea are served at home sessions between 10:00 and 10:30 am.

Students will receive from the instructor a printed historical chronology and list of artists.


Course fee: 100 € for the 5 sessions, or 25 € per session payable by check made out to: Chris Boïcos.

Please note: Museum admissions are additional to course fees. Exact change is appreciated.

Joining the “amis du Louvre” is recommended for the portrait course and for quick and economical entry to the

permanent collections and special exhibitions held at the Louvre. See: www.amisdulouvre.fr/participer/adherer.htm

 

Paris Special Exhibitions with Chris Boïcos

 

Thursday  11 September 10:45 am – 12:15 pm Carpeaux (1827 – 1875), a Sculptor for the Empire

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay (28 June – 28 Sep. 2014).

 

Carpeaux’s brief  15 year career coincides with Napoleon III’s Second Empire. The vitality, good humor and brilliance of his sculpture perfectly suited the taste of this exuberant era and made him the first French sculptor to break with the staid neo-classical traditions of the academy in the period immediately before Rodin. The lively and sexy nudes of his most famous work, “The Dance” commissioned by his friend Charles Garnier for the front of the new Paris Opera created quite a scandal when first shown. He, nevertheless, became a favorite with Empress Eugénie and the official portraitist of the Imperial family. This is the first major retrospective of his work in France since 1975, bringing together his portraits and major mythological and allegorical works from a great number of European and American collections.

 

Place: Musée d'Orsay 75007. Group Entrance B.

Métro: RER  Musée d'Orsay (line C) or Solférino (line 12).

Time: entry.

Please bring ? € in exact change for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the earphones (? total)

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Thursday 18 September 10:30 - 12 noon

Slide lecture on the exhibition: Perugino, Master of Raphael

at the Musée Jacquemart-André (12 Sep. 2014 – 19 Jan. 2015)

 

Considered by his contemporaries as one of the greatest painters in Italy, Pietro Perugino (1450-1523) pioneered a new style of painting at the turn of the 16th century. His translucent, harmonious colors and clear light, combined with the extreme grace of his figures, particularly his celebrated Madonnas, had a great influence on other painters and most particularly his young assistant, Raphael. Sixty exceptional paintings establish in this exhibition the  direct link between Perugino’s and Raphael's art, with a particular focus on landscape and portraiture. This is the best Old Master exhibition of the season in Paris.

 

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 89786)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger

(lines 8, 9 - fewer steps)

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am.

Please bring 11 € in exact change for exhibition ticket.

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Thursday  25 September 3:30 – 5:15 pm Niki de Saint-Phalle

Visit to the retrospective exhibition at the Grand Palais (17 Sep. 2014 – 2 Feb. 2015).

 

Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) is undoubtedly the most famous woman artist of the post war generation in France.

Daughter of an aristocratic French banker and a patrician American mother she grew up and lived most of her early life in the US. She rebelled against the conservatism of her upbringing and family at an early age, worked as a fashion model and eloped with her first husband before turning to art in the late 1950’s.  In the 1960’s she began shooting her own paintings in organized “happenings” in Paris and became one of the more controversial figures of the French Pop Art generation, the “Nouveaux Réalistes”. In 1971 she married fellow artist Jean Tinguely with whom she also  collaborated artistically (notably on the Stravinky fountain in front of the Pompidou Center). Her “Nana” sculptures of the 1960’s questioning the traditional roles of women became icons of the new Feminism of the period. This is the greatest show devoted to her multifarious and funky art in 20 years.

 

Place: Group and cardholders entrance outside exhibition at the Grand Palais.

Métro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (lines 1 and 13).

Time: 3:10  for 3:30 pm entry. Please bring ? € in exact change for the exhibition ticket and 1,50 € for the earphones.

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Thursday  2 October 10:30 am – 12 noon From Leonardo to Michelangelo – The Borgias and their Times

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Maillol (17 Sep. 2014 – Feb. 2015) (time and date to be confirmed)

 

The Borgias were one of the most powerful Italian dynasties at the time of the High Renaissance. The most famous members of the family were Alexander VI, elected Pope in 1492, his notorious daughter Lucrezia and son, Cesare.

This family, famous for its dark plotting, intrigues and debauchery, has inspired many modern films and television series. The current exhibition focuses on their portraits and their rôle as art patrons of their day. Major works by Giovanni Bellini, Luca Della Robbia, Dosso Dossi, Michelangelo, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Raphael, Titian, Luca Signorelli, Verrocchio, Leonardo da Vinci will be featured in this important Italian Reniasance exhibition

of the autumn.

 

Place: Lobby of Musée Maillol - 59-61,  rue de Grenelle 75007.

Métro: Rue du Bac (line).

Time: (time and date to be confirmed)

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Thursday 9 October 10:30 am – 12 noon Emile Bernard (1868-1941) Painting in Anger

Visit to the retrospective exhibition at the Orangerie (17 Sep. 2014 – 5 Jan. 2015)

(time and date to be confirmed)

 

This a major retrospective dedicated to the art of Emile Bernard who is the founder along with his friend Paul Gauguin of the “Cloissoné” or “Synthetist” style which revolutionized French Port-Impressionist art in the late 1880’s. His best known work is that done in Brittany in and near Pont Aven in the 1890’s: brightly colored, flat paintings in a primitivist style of peasant women, landscapes, seascapes and Breton rituals. Bernard became a central figure of the anti-realist and Symbolist school of the end of the 19th century, moved to Cairo and in later years developed a more classical style inspired by the art of Cézanne. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to discover a rarely profiled, but key figure of  French Post-Impressionism.

Place: Musée de l’Orangerie, Tuileries gardens, facing Place de la Concorde on Seine side. Meet by entrance.

Métro: Concorde (lines 1, 8, 12)

Time: Meet entry.  

Please bring ? € in exact change for exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (? € total).

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Thursday 16 October 10:30 - 12 noon

Slide lecture on the exhibition: Marcel Duchamp, Painting, Even

at the Centre Georges Pompidou (24 Sep. 2014 – 5 Jan. 2015)

 

Sixty major works from French, German, English and American collections illustrate one of the most

popular subjects in French art of the 18th century: handsome and stylish young lovers flirting in Romantic

parks and luxuriant gardens. A subject first invented by the founder of Rococo painting, Antoine Watteau

in the Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera (1717), the fête galante remained a central theme in the art of his

followers, Nicolas Lancret, Jean-Baptiste Pater, François Boucher and the last great Rococo master of the

century, Jean-Honoré Fragonard. A most feminine, light-hearted, but also poetic and sometimes moody art

that evokes a lost era of pleasure and refinement.

 

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 89786)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger

(lines 8, 9 - fewer steps)

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am.

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Thursday 23 October 10:30 am – 12 noon Sonia Delaunay  (time and date to be confirmed)

Visit to the retrospective exhibition at the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris (17 Oct. 2014 – 22 Feb. 2015).

 

First major show in France of an iconic Swedish painter of the later 19th century and early 20th, whose

watercolors of his family and country house have inspired generations of Swedes in their home decoration

and image of themselves. The exhibition brings together these and very fine landscapes from the artist's

French period, portraits and historical paintings commissioned by Swedish institutions. His works are

characterized by clear, luminous colors, crisp and dynamic compositions and a great charm. This is one of

the most delightful exhibitions of the year.

 

Place: Meet in lobby of Musée d’art modern de la ville de Paris. 11 avenue de Pdt Wilson 75116.

Métro: Iéna (line 9).

Time: entry. Please bring ? € in exact change for exhibition ticket.

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Course Fees: € for all 4 sessions, or 25 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees*.

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or by calling Chris Boïcos on +33 (0) 686 58 98 09 and by sending a check made out to “Chris Boïcos” to

Chris Boïcos, 14 boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. Museum fees are additional to course fees.

Please register for classes in advance to ensure that group visits are not full.

*Please note that sometimes museum ticket prices go up slightly between the time of reservation and the actual date

of the visit.

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