May - June 2019

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Paris Art Studies – May - June 2019

 

Paris Collections, Museums, Exhibitions 

 

Thursday. 16 May 10:30 – 12 noon:

William Utermohlen (1933-2007): An artistic journey through dementia.

Slide lecture on the artist and view of his original works in the home of Chris Boïcos

 

William Utermohlen is an American artist who lived and worked most of his life in London. He is one of the best figurative painters of the “School of London”of the 1960s and 1970s. Since the early 2000s his later work has become world-famous as he became the only artist known in history to have recorded in a detailed and expressive manner, through his paintings and self-portraits, his descent into dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease over a ten-year period – 1990-2000. In our lecture we will discuss the stylistic, psychological and emotional evolution of these late works and also examine many of the originals that are in stock in Chris Boïcos’ apartment.

 

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

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.

Fee: 24 € (or reduced fee for 3 or 4 sessions, please see below)

 

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Thursday 23 May 11:15 – 12:45 pm:  Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye (time to be confirmed)

Visit to the villa in Poissy with Chris Boïcos.

 

Beautifully restored and refurbished in the past few years, this is probably the most famous pre-war residence built by France’s most notorious 20thcentury architect and theoretician of modern architecture, Charles Edouard Jeanneret, a.k.a. Le Corbusier (1887-1965). The villa Savoye is a jewel of the International modern style of the 1920’s and 30’s that looks a little like a graceful spaceship on stilts having landed on a wide green lawn in the Paris suburbs.  Remarkable for its open plan spaces, terraces, roof gardens, and functional bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms, it also affords the rare sensation of walking through a series of spaces that feel like a transparent cubist sculpture. 

 

PlaceMeet at the exit of the RER station Poissyon The RER A line, about 30 minutes from Châtelet-les Halles, Auber or Etoile.

Station:Poissy station (RER A).

Time: To be confirmed. Please bring 8 €in exact changefor the museum ticket.

Fee: 27€ (or reduced fee for 3 or 4 sessions, please see below)

 

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Tuesday 28 May 10:30 – 12 noon:Romantic Paris, 1815-1848

A slide lecture on the exhibition at the Petit Palais (22 May – 15 Sep. 2019) with Chris Boïcos.

 

After Paris 1900: La Ville Spectacle, the Petit Palais is presenting Romantic Paris, a further episode in its overview of the great periods that have shaped the city’s identity. The exhibition offers a sweeping panorama of the French capital during the Romantic era, from the fall of Napoleon in 1815 to the Revolution of 1848. Over 600 works – paintings, sculptures, costumes, objets d’art, furniture – plunge the visitor into the artistic, cultural and political ferment of the time. The exhibition focuses also on the emblematic districts and buildings of Romantic-era Paris: the Tuileries, the Palais-Royal, the Nouvelle Athènes quarter, Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame, and the Grand Boulevards and their theaters. We will be looking at all the major and secondary creators of the period: Delacroix, Chassériau, David d’Angers, Dubuffe, Vernet, Cogniet and many more.

 

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

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.

Fee: 27€ (or reduced fee for 3 or 4 sessions, please see below)

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Tuesday 4 June10:30 – 12 noon – TheBlack Model in Art, from Géricault to Matisse

Slide lecture onthe exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay (27 Feb. - 17 June 2019) with Chris Boïcos

 

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach that combines the history of art and the history of ideas, this exhibition explores aesthetic, political, social and racial issuesthrough the representation of black figures in the visual arts, from the abolition of slavery in France (1794) to the modern era. Designed to provide a long-term perspective, the exhibition looks more particularly at three key periods: the era of abolition(1794-1848), the Impressionist eraup to Matisse, the early 20th century and the Harlem Renaissanceof the 1920s ending with successive generations of post-war and contemporary artists. The exhibition primarily focuses on the theme of the model and therefore the dialogue between the artist who paints, sculpts, engraves or photographs and the model who poses. This is the most complete exploration to date of black subjects in major works of modern Western art by Théodore Géricault, Charles Cordier, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanneand Henri Matisse, as well as in the photographs of Nadar and Carjat.

 

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

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.

Fee: 27€ (or reduced fee for 5, 6, or 7 sessions, please see below)

 

 

Course Fee:  92 € for 4 sessions, 72 € for 3 sessions, or 27 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees. The fee reductions are only for the bimonthly series and cannot be applied to future programs.

You can sign up for individual sessions or a series by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

 

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The History of Paris – Architecture, Urbanism, Society

Part 13: Art Deco and Modernist Paris, 1920 - 1940

 

Through the 1920’s and 1930’s Paris will remain a thriving Modernist center – Art Decois the great architectural and decorative style of this period, challenged by the more radical and Purist style of Le Corbusierand Robert Mallet-Stevens. In our four city walks this May and June we will take in the contrasting styles of some of the more remarkable buildings of the era, little visited by tourists, in Paris’ outer arrondissements: the 12th,14th and 19th . Our last walk in the Mouzaïa district in June will also take in the remarkable Haussmannian park of the Buttes Chaumont.

 

Wed. 15 May2:30 - 4pm– City walk:

Modern architecture in the 12tharrdt: Palais de la Porte Dorée to church of Saint-Esprit.

Meet in front of main entrance of Musée de l'Immigration, Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 avenue Daumesnil 75012. Métro: Porte Dorée (line 8). Please bring 6 € in exact changefor the museum ticket.

 

Wed. 22 May 10:30 am – 12 noon – City walk: 

Montparnasse of the 1920s. From the Carrefour Vavin to Denfert-Rochereau.

Meet opposite 26 rue Vavin 75006. Métro Vavin. 

 

Wed. 29 May 10:30 am – 12:15 noon – City walk: 

The Montsouris district.From the Cité universitaire to the villa Seurat.

Meet at exit of station Cité Universitaire (RER C). 

 

Monday 3 June 11 am –12:40 noon – City walk: 

The Mouzaïa district.From place des Fêtes to the Buttes Chaumont.

Meet at exit of metro Place des Fêtes (line 11) 75019. 

 

Course Fee:  96 € for 4 sessions, or 27 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees. The fee reductions are only for the bimonthly series and cannot be applied to future programs.

You can sign up for individual sessions or a series by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

 

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Museum fees are additional to course fees. The fee reductions are only for the bimonthly series and cannot be applied to future programs.

You can sign up for individual sessions or a series by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.