October 2020

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Zoom Lectures - October 2020

 

 Thursday 29 October

Man and his Women: The Stories of Kiki, Berenice and Lee

Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky) arrived in Paris from New York in 1921. His best French friend in New York was the founder of the New York Dada movement, the notorious Marcel Duchamp with whom he had been collaborating since they had met in 1917. In Paris, however, he quickly switched from experimental but unsaleable avant-garde art objects to the more profitable field of photography. Man Ray quickly became one of the most popular portrait photographers of the “années folles” – the jazz age – in Paris and photographed nearly all of the French and Anglo-American celebrities of the art and literary worlds of the 1920s and 1930s.  In our lecture we will concentrate on his relationships with the three most important women of his Paris career: his lover and “it girl” of Bohemian Paris, Kiki de Montparnasse, his first studio assistant and future rival, the New York photographer Berenice Abbott, and the classic American beauty of the 1930s - model, lover and photographer - Lee Miller.

Through his portrayals of the three women we will see how Man Ray forged three different but essential visions of the “new” woman of the 1920s and 1930s. His photos emphasize the sense of radical transformation, new-found freedom and liberated sexuality that Paris represented for many women escaping their homes and families in the post-WWI era. From nearly one hundred years ago Kiki, Berenice and Lee remain iconic representations of the type of free woman that so many conservatives are still fighting against today. 

Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Thursday 29 October

Time: 5-6:40 pm French time

Fee: 15 €

Payment Instructions 

Please let me know which your prefer and please state the name or date of the lecture you wish to attend:

1. Payment after reception of an invoice on 30 September for several lectures by any of the methods below.

2. By credit card via SUMUP if you send me your cell number for the transaction link.

As soon as payment goes through please send me the last 4 digits of your credit card which enable me to identify you on the SUMUP system.

3. By PayPal indicating the date of the lecture to this link: 

https://www.paypal.me/AMKEFriendsofPaxos

4. By transfer if you have a European account to:

Chris Boicos Fine Arts

BIC : CMCIFRPP          IBAN : FR76 3006 6100 1100 0103 7760 182     

Bank : CIC Paris République, 201 rue de Temple 75003 Paris

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You will receive the Zoom meeting details as soon as you send me an email notice of the transaction. 

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Monday 26 October

Giorgio de Chirico and La Pintura Metafísica

 

The Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) was born in Greece where his father worked as railway engineer. Greek light and classical culture but also the German Symbolism fashionable at the turn of the 20th century affected his early artistic experiments alongside his younger brother, Alberto Savinio. As a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 1906, he discovered the writings of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer as well as the works of Arnold Böcklin and Max Klinger. After Milan and Florence, it was in Paris, in the autumn of 1911, that he established his unique visual vocabulary after discovering French Cubism. De Chirico was quickly taken up by numerous art critics and writers of the time: Guillaume Apollinaire, Maurice Raynal, André Salmon, André Breton, Paul Éluard and Jean Paulhan were among the first to discover and  promote his art. Paul Guillaume, whose collection is displayed at the Orangerie museum in Paris was his first art dealer.

On his return to Italy in 1915, de Chirico and his brother Savinio were incorporated into the Italian army at Ferrara where both continued their artistic experiments. It is in this Renaissance city of endless arcades and rectilinear architectural perspectives that de Chirico and Savinio met and had a great impact on the young painters Carlo Carrà and Giorgio Morandi.  An entirely new Italian modern style was born of the encounter which came to be known as “La Pintura Metafísica”, or “Metaphysical Painting”. The strange figures and fragments that populate the dream-like spaces of de Chirico's works are fundamental also for the future development of Surrealist painting, notably the art of Max Ernst, René Magritte and Salvador Dali.  

 

Place: Zoom lecture
Date: Monday 26 October
Time: 5-6:40 pm French time
Fee: 15 €
Payment Instructions 
Please let me know which your prefer and please state the name or date of the lecture you wish to attend:
1. Payment after reception of an invoice on 30 September for several lectures by any of the methods below.
2. By credit card via SUMUP if you send me your cell number for the transaction link.
As soon as payment goes through please send me the last 4 digits of your credit card which enable me to identify you on the SUMUP system.
3. By PayPal indicating the date of the lecture to this link:
 https://www.paypal.me/AMKEFriendsofPaxos
4. By transfer if you have a European account to:
Chris Boicos Fine Arts
BIC : CMCIFRPP          IBAN : FR76 3006 6100 1100 0103 7760 182     
Bank : CIC Paris République, 201 rue de Temple 75003 Paris
Please quote your name in the transfer information.

You will be receive the Zoom meeting details as soon as you send me an email notice of the transaction. 

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Thursday 22 October

The Golden Age of Danish Painting Conclusion


Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Thursday 22 October

Time: 5-5:40 pm French time

Fee: Free 
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Monday 19 October 2020

 

The Golden Age of Danish Painting (1801-1864)

 

The Danish Golden Age is traditionally thought of as a period of unparalleled artistic and cultural flourishing in Denmark from 1801 to 1848. Artists worked to forge an image of a proud and united nation by focusing on the Copenhagen bourgeoisie and the bucolic landscapes of their homeland.

The leading figure of the Danish Golden Age, Christoffer Eckersberg, was at the root of the remarkable artistic revival in Denmark. As professor at the Royal Academy, he trained an entire new generation of painters: Wilhelm Bendz, Christen Købke, Martinus Rørbye, Constantin Hansen, Wilhem Marstand among others.

 

The cultural scene was vibrant, more and more exhibition venues were opening, and a rising bourgeois class guaranteed artists a regular clientele of collectors. Commissions from the new bourgeoisie contributed to the growing trend for portraits, as did a taste for portraying intimate family circles. The artists themselves painted self-portraits that reflected their new social status. A great importance was given to children’s portraiture showcasing the importance of education and good upbringing in Danish culture. 

The exhibition also evokes the artists’ fascination with the world, from its breath-taking vastness down to its minutest detail. They created a new vision of the infinitely large, with pictures of wide-open skies, and the infinitely small, with extremely accurate botanical studies. The development of open-air painting allowed them to paint landscapes with new and unusual perspectives. 

The freshness and openness of the Danish painters’ visionof the world in this period, their attachment to middle class values of family harmony and propriety, the slow rhythms of city and country life, visible in their art, offer a unique and often nostalgic vision of a golden age - a bygone era as yet untouched by the turbulence, the social, economic and political tensions of the industrial modern world. 

 

Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Monday 19 October

Time: 5-6:40 pm French time

Fee: 15€

Payment Instructions (please let me know which your prefer):

1. Payment after reception of an invoice on 30 September for several lectures by any of the methods below.

2. By credit card via SUMUP if you send me your cell number for the transaction link.

As soon as payment goes through please send me the last 4 digits of your credit card which enable me to identify you.

3. By PayPal indicating the date of the lecture to this link: https://www.paypal.me/AMKEFriendsofPaxos

4. By transfer if you have a European account to:

Chris Boicos Fine Arts

BIC: CMCIFRPP

 IBAN FR76 3006 6100 1100 0103 7760 182     

Bank : CIC Paris République, 201 rue de Temple 75003 Paris

Please quote your name in the transfer information.

You will be receiving the Zoom meeting details as soon as you send me an email notice of the transaction.