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Zoom Lectures - July 2020


     Thursday 23 July 2020


Montmartre: Myth and Reality III, 1900 - 1930: Conclusion 

Home in the 19th and early 20th centuries to Paris workers, struggling artists, poets, prostitutes and cut-throats (the infamous « apaches »), Montmartre, Paris’ highest hill, always had a story apart from the rest of the city. We will focus on the cabarets and famous dance halls on the hill – the Moulin de la Galette and Le Lapin Agile– and the boulevards immediately below – the Moulin Rouge and the Chat Noir – as well as landscape: the numerous views of the windmills, bucolic surroundings, the no-man’s land called the “maquis” and the spreading urbanization of the end of the century.  Pablo Picasso, Kees van Dongen, Georges Rouault, Georges Braque, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Suzanne Valadon, Marie Laurencin and Maurice Utrillo  are among the many artists whose work we will explore in our  third lecture. We will see how modern Bohemianism and some of the crucial styles and movements of modern art from Picasso's Harlequin paintings, Fauvism, Naive painting and most notably Cubism were launched by the artists of the "hill".

Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Thursday 23 July

Time: 5-5:40 pm French time

Fee: Free


  Monday 27 July 2020

The Artist in his Studio from Vermeer to Hockney: Conclusion

An important change of artists’ consciousness of their professional and social identity occurs by the later phase of the Renaissance, in the late 15th century. Up to then artists were considered and saw themselves as superior craftsmen happy to execute their patrons’ commissions and be well paid for them. But from about 1470 onwards an increasing number of artists, beginning with Piero della Francesca and Leonardo da Vinci, began viewing their vocation as a superior calling, akin to that of scholars, scientists or poets. Investigation, perception and reflection on the world as much as superior craftmanship came to define art for them.

From the 17th century this new consciousness lead artists to increasingly portray themselves in their workspace - the studio - not as the busy factory of medieval times, full of apprentices obeying orders and grinding down pigments, but as an illuminated and solitary space of concentration and reflection as much as a physical workplace.

Our lecture will concentrate on this new vision of the artist as thinker and the way that over the centuries artists depicted this new role for themselves by portraying their studio. We will focus on the frequent recurrence of figures, objects and themes in the artist’s workspace, from the instruments of work to the presence of the live model, the window, the mirror and of course artworks. We will see how all of these contribute to the artists’ symbolic vision of their vocation and how they both evolve but also remain surprisingly steadfast though the centuries. Vermeer, Rembrandt, Poussin, Velazquez, Labille-Guiard, Courbet, van Gogh, Sargent, Martisse, Braque, Picasso, Norman Rockwell, Lucian Freud and Hockney are a few of the great artists whose depictions of the studio we will be examining.

Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Monday 27 July

Time: 5-5:40 pm French time

Fee: Free


Thursday 30 July 2020 


Why and How was Abstract Art Born in the early 20th Century


Abstract art emerged in the modern art scene in Europe just before World War I almost simultaneously in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Russia. It evolved very quickly in all artistic media of the early 20th century and by the end of the Second World War became the dominant international style of the post-war artworld.

The purpose of this lecture is to trace the roots of abstract art in the artistic and spiritualist currents as well as the technological revolutions of the late 19th century and to analyze the reasons why so many artists took the radical and often difficult decision to eliminate the visible world from their art.

We will begin by presenting the stylistic revolution brought to art by Impressionism, notably in the work of Monet and Cézanne and how the legacy of Impressionism in the 1890s, through the art of the partisans of Seurat (the Neo-Impressionists) and those of Gauguin (the Nabis), sets the ground for the three fundamental art movements out of which abstraction will grow by 1911: French FauvismGerman Expressionism and international Cubism.

Among the abstract pioneers we will study are Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, František Kupka, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, David Bomberg, Giacomo Balla, Marsden Hartley, Kasimir Malevich and El Lissitzky.

Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Thursday 30 July

Time: 5-6:40 pm French time

Fee: 15€

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