January-February 2019

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Paris Special Exhibitions, January – February 2019

 

Thursday 17 January, 10:30 am – 12 noon: Fernand Khnopff – The Master of Enigma

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Petit Palais (until 17 March 2019) with Chris Boïcos

 

This is the first exhibition in almost 40 years in Paris of one of the greatest Belgian Symbolist artists of the turn of the 20th century.  Throughout his career Khnopff, who was obsessed with her, used the figure of his sister Marguerite to create the mysterious image of the ideal woman, a creature, however, lost in a mist of dreams and visions and unreachable by common mortals. More acutely than any other artist of the waning Belle Epoque, Khnopff captures in his art the preciosity, mood of dread and longing for escape from humdrum reality of the cultivated and neurasthenic European bourgeoisie of the end of the 19th century. All of Knopff’s best works but one – Memories of Lawn Tennis – are presented in this exceptional show: The exquisitely detailed portraits of his class, notably of children, inspired by the Flemish painters of the Renaissance, his mysterious landscapes, cityscapes of a dreamy Medieval Bruges, his fine prints, nudes, sculptures and the tinted photographic studies for his paintings. Taken all together they wonderfully recreate the imaginary and esthetic world of a class that disappeared forever with the First World War.

 

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 or 6 sessions, please see below)

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Thursday 24 January, 10:30 am – 12 noon: Louvre series: French Art under the Ancien Régime 1

Visit to the French art department of the Louvre with Chris Boïcos

 

In this series of four visits to the great French art department of the Louvre we will concentrate on the evolution of French painting under the Bourbon kings beginning with the period of Henri IV (1594-1610) and Louis XIII (1610-1643) which saw the emergence in France of the first Baroque artists. We will be analyzing the tensions between styles - the Baroque, Classicism and also realism - in the French school of the early 1600s in the work of its greatest masters: Poussin, Le Sueur, La Hyre, Claude Gelée, Champaigne, the Le Nain brothers and the great Georges de La Tour. We will also see how Baroque painting came to serve at first a new class of cultivated bankers, merchants and judges in Paris before being put increasingly into the service of the emerging political system of absolute monarchy under Cardinal Richelieu.

 

Place: Meet by auditorium entrance inside Louvre Pyramid.

Métro: Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1, 7)

Time: 10:15 am for 10:30 start. Please buy your own exhibition ticket on line to avoid queues. A museum membership card of les Amis du Louvre is highly recommended for more than two visits to the museum, its temporary exhibitions and for easy entry.

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

 

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Thursday 31 January, 10:30 am – 12 noon: Louvre series: French Art under the Ancien Régime 2

Visit to the French art department of the Louvre with Chris Boïcos

 

The period of the great Louis XIV, that the French like to call the “Grand Siècle” (1643-1715) saw the consolidation in France of Absolute Monarchy in the political realm and in the art world the increasing influence of the Royal Academy of Art created in 1648. Its celebrated director, Charles Le Brun, became the virtual dictator of the arts in France, named by Louis director of the Academy and its teaching system, in charge of the the Royal manufacture of tapestries, furniture and silver at Gobelins and also of all the great Royal commissions of the age, notably the decoration of the Château de Versailles. We will see how a tempered mix of Baroque conventions and Classical subject matter underlie le Brun’s new Academic style. We will also see how portraiture under Largillière and Rigaud achieved a pinnacle in the representation of Royal and aristocratic grandeur perfectly suited to the pretensions of the Court of Versailles, that came to be know as le Grand Style”.

 

Place: Meet by auditorium entrance inside Louvre Pyramid.

Métro: Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1, 7)

Time: 10:15 am for 10:30 start. Please buy your own exhibition ticket on line to avoid queues. A museum membership card of les Amis du Louvre is highly recommended for more than two visits to the museum, its temporary exhibitions and for easy entry.

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

 

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Thursday 7 February, 10:30 am – 12 Noon: Louvre series: French Art under the Ancien Régime 3

Visit to the French art department of the Louvre with Chris Boïcos

 

The 18th century in France was marked by the decline of Louis XIV’s system of government and his brand of Royal magnificence. After the great King’s death in 1715, we witness the rise of the aristocratic values of luxury, indolence and a life entirely devoted to sensuous pleasures. Their epitome was the Rococo style of the reign of Louis XV (1715-1774). Watteau, the inventor of the “fête galante” - images of elegant lovers flirting in dusky parks - Boucher and Fragonard are the greatest representatives of this supremely graceful and entertaining style of escapist fantasies. From the 1760’s, however, the impact of the French Enlightenment was increasingly felt as critics and philosophers like Diderot demanded a return to seriousness and virtue in art. Greuze’s rustic realism followed by the moralizing Roman history pictures of the great David announced the end of the Rococo era with the rise of Neoclassicism in the reign of Louis XVI (1774-1792). In portraiture women held the central position in this highly feminine age in the paintings of Nattier, Delatour and Peronneau whereas women painters like Vigée Lebrun and Adelaide Guiard become the most fashionable portraitists of the age of Marie Antoinette.

 

Place: Meet by auditorium entrance inside Louvre Pyramid.

Métro: Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1, 7)

Time: 10:15 am for 10:30 start. Please buy your own exhibition ticket on line to avoid queues. A museum membership card of les Amis du Louvre is highly recommended for more than two visits to the museum, its temporary exhibitions and for easy entry.

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

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Thursday 14 February 2 – 3:30 pm:

Five Hundred Years of Master Drawings from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.

Visit to the exhibition at the Fondation Custodia (2 Feb. – 20 May 2019) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Fondation Custodia was created by Frits Lugt and his wife, Jacoba Klever, in 1947 to house their superb collection of Old Master drawings in the 18c Hôtel Turgot on the rue de Lille. The foundation specializes in exhibitions of historic works on paper. The current exhibition features seldom seen works from the graphic arts collection of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow: A unique opportunity to discover 200 masterworks by by Dürer, Veronese, Rubens, Fragonard, Tiepolo, Caspar David Friedrich, Kandinsky, Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Chagall and Malevich, along with some of the great names of French 19th century art - Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh.

 

Place: Fondation Custodia, 121, rue de Lille 75007. Meet in the lobby.

Métro: Assemblée Nationale (line 12).

Time: Meet 1:45 for 2 pm entry. Please bring 7 € for exhibition ticket in exact change.

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

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Thursday 21 February, 10:30 am – 12 Noon: Louvre series: French Art in the Age of Revolution

Visit to the French art department of the Louvre with Chris Boïcos

 

The French Revolution (1789-1794) ushered France and Europe into a period of constant political, social and economic transformation. Though one of the key institutions of the Ancien Régime, the Academy of Art, survived the Revolution, the new political regimes of the 19th century, the founding of the Louvre museum, the expansion of the bourgeois class and the birth of the modern art market revolutionized art production, artists’ subjects and styles as never before. We will trace these multiple evolutions through our study of the art of the great painters of the age, from David and his school - Girodet, Prud’hon, Ingres - to that of the rebellious Romantic masters – Géricault, Delacroix – the Salon painters – Delaroche, Flandrin, Gleyre - and the elevation of the landscape painters – Valenciennes, Corot – of the “Age of Revolution” (1789-1848).

Place: Meet by auditorium entrance inside Louvre Pyramid.

Métro: Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1, 7)

Time: 10:15 am for 10:30 start. Please buy your own exhibition ticket on line to avoid queues. A museum membership card of les Amis du Louvre is highly recommended for more than two visits to the museum, its temporary exhibitions and for easy entry.

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

 

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Course Fee: 135 € for 6 sessions, 115 € for 5 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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Coming up in March and April 2019 :

 

Thursday 14 March 10:30 – 12 noonThe Courtauld Institute of Art Collection at Fondation Vuitton

Slide lecture on the exhibition at Fondation Vuitton (20 Feb. - 17 June 2019) with Chris Boïcos

 

Thursday 21 March 10:30 – 12 noonHammershøi, a Master of Danish Painting

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André (14 March – 22 July 2019) with Chris Boïcos

 

Monday 25 March 6 – 7 :30 pm –   The Nabis and Decoration

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg (13 March – 13 June 2019) with Chris Boïcos

 

Thursday 28 March 10:30 – 12 noonThe Emil Bührle Collection from Zurich

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Maillol (20 March – 21 July 2019) with Chris Boïcos

 

Thursday 4 April (time and date to be confirmed)Red: Art and Utopia in the Land of the Soviets

Visit to the exhibition at the Grand Palais (21 March – 1 July 2019) with Chris Boïcos

 

Thursday 11 April 10:30 – 12 noon Franz Marc and  Auguste Macke, the Adventure of the Blue Rider

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Orangerie (27 Feb. - 17 June 2019) with Chris Boïcos

 

Thursday 18 April 10:30 – 12 noon The Black Model in Art, from Géricault to Matisse

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

 

 

 

The History of Paris – Architecture, Urbanism, Society

Part 11: Paris of the Belle Epoque, 1878 - 1900

The last decades of the 19th century and the turn of the 20th century were in many ways the Golden Age of Paris. This is a time of prosperity and imperial expansion for France whose architectural expression is found in the great world fair buildings erected in Paris, the Palais de Chaillot (1878), the Eiffel Tower (1889), the Grand and Petit Palais (1900) and the Métro (1900).  Paris becomes in this period the unrivaled art capital of the world as the Impressionists lead by Monet and the Post-Impressionists lead by Seurat and Gauguin’s followers the Nabis take over modern art in the city.  In the course we will study the urban evolution of the city in its on-going “Haussmanisation” and the appearance of the “Beaux Arts” and Art Nouveau styles in architecture and decoration. We will also study the darker underside of the Belle Epoque, the brothels of Paris and life in the seedy district of Montmartre and its new dance halls, the Elysée-Montmartre and the Moulin Rouge magnificently portrayed in the pictures of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Course Schedule:  Wednesdays 2:30 – 4 pm.

Coffee and tea served at home sessions between 2 and 2:30 pm.

Wed. 23 January – Slide lecture – Paris in the Age of the World Fairs (1878-1900)

Wed. 30 January – Visit to the Musée d’Orsay – Art Nouveau! Furniture and design.

Meet inside the museum past the ticket control in front of the statue of Liberty at 2:15 pm (down main steps on your right). Buy ticket on line to avoid queues. Metros: Solférino (line 12) or RER C Musée d’Orsay.

Wed.   6 February – Slide lecture – Painters of modern life, from Seurat to Toulouse-Lautrec.

Wed. 13 February – Visit to the Musée d’Orsay – Art of the Belle Epoque, from Impressionism to the Nabis.

Meet inside the museum past the ticket control in front of the statue of Liberty at 2:15 pm (down main steps on your right). Buy ticket on line to avoid queues. Metros: Solférino (line 12) or RER C Musée d’Orsay.

Wed. 20 February – City walk: Art Nouveau architecture in Passy – Hector Guimard.

Meet in front of 14 rue Jean de La Fontaine 75016 at 2:15. Closet Metro: Ranelagh (line 9).

 

Course Fee: 115 € for 5 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.