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The Fourth French Art Friday: Gauguin and Pont-Aven

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by Tony Dyer (subscribe)
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I shut my eyes in order to see – Paul Gauguin

The fourth of five French Art Friday lectures is to be held at the premises of Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End on Friday, 9 October, 2015 commencing at 6.30pm.

Tickets for this event, which include a glass of fine French wine, are available on-line from the following links:
Alliance Francaise members for $25 from here; and
Non-members for $30 from here.

The French Art Friday series of lectures showcases famous works by leading French artists while presenting attendees with an opportunity to understand and discuss how French artistic input helped shape various visual art movements. This fourth lecture will introduce you to Gauguin and Pont-Aven.

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The talk will focus on Gauguin and the School of Pont Aven, named after Pont Aven the small harbor town in Brittany where Gauguin lived on and off throughout his life. Gauguin's presence, the beautiful rugged landscapes and rather primitive life style of the area's inhabitants attracted many younger artists, students as well as competitors and admirers of Gauguin, who called themselves the Nabis (the prophets). The Nabis, who included Pierre Bonnard, Paul Sérusier, Eduard Vuillard and Maurice Dennis, were the Avant Garde in the 1890s and helped pave the way for fauvism.

Introducing you to this less known side of Gauguin the evening's talk will shift the focus away from his more famous periods with Van Gogh and Tahiti; although both will be mentioned in Gauguin's bio.

French Art Fridays is a series of friendly conferences on French art led by Florence Thiriot, a teacher and art specialist at Alliance Francaise. Florence grew up in Vétheuil, a small town in Normandy, and was deeply influenced by her father, an art teacher, who passed on his love of art to his daughter so completely Florence says she was left, 'having had no choice but to become passionate about art'.

Florence presents her talks in English and has developed each one to inform you how French painting, from the mid 19th to early 20th centuries, developed as part of the creative movement that led to the birth of Modern Art.

Following the lecture you are encouraged to interact with Florence as you enjoy a glass of fine French wine and ask all those questions about everything you have always wanted to know about French art.

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Whether you are an expert or novice in Art History or just love to see and appreciate fine art you are sure to learn something new from Florence. This is also a great opportunity to gain an insider's knowledge of the best museums and galleries around Paris of which there are a lot, lot more than the Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre.

For more information on this exciting event contact the Alliance Francaise de Brisbane by email at: or phone 3844 4460.

Likewise, check out Alliance Francaise's webpage or its Facebook page and discover some of the fantastic activities and events this dynamic organisation provides.
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Why? The enjoyment of stimulating converstaion and fine wine is not to be missed.
When: Friday, 9 October, 2015 from 6.30pm.
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Alliance Française de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members and includes a glass of fine French wine.
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