French Impressionism: From Studio to Plein Air
This lecture will focus on the important artists and movements of the period including background information on each artist's life and work, characteristics of style to help you visit any museum, anywhere, and recognize the artist’s work, and the relationship of the artistic movement to historical and intellectual currents of the time.
The goal of ArtScapades is that you will develop the means to critique a work of art while learning art history and art appreciation. You will come away with both an understanding of French Impressionism and the tools to effectively explore galleries and museums.
ArtScapades takes you through the historical climate that gave rise to Impressionism and gives the history of factors that brought the movement to Paris: the redesign of the city, the growth of the café culture, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, and advances in materials and technology. Artscapades chronicles the life of four artists and their works, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas.
Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman will be the program's guest lecturers.