Admission prices are $25 for Alliance Francaise members and $30 for non-members (tickets include a glass of fine French wine!).
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 has helped shape various visual art movements. This second lecture, on the 19 June, will last for about 45 minutes and focus on the development and influence of French Neo-impressionism.
The Neo-Impressionists were initially aligned with Impressionists but eventually diverged and created their own movement. Artists such as, Cezanne, Signac, Seurat and even Renoir led the way. The first Neo-impressionists, the so called 'Neos', sought to renew Impressionism through the use of colour and varied techniques. To do this, the Neo-Impressionists used a graphic technique where small dots of colour are placed side by side without mixing the paint. The approach was considered to be an 'optical mixture' where the mixing of colours is apparent when the finished work is viewed from a suitable distance.
French Art Friday comprises a series of friendly conferences on French art led by Florence Thiriot, a teacher and art specialist at Alliance Francaise. These informal talks are all presented in English and have been developed to inform you how French painting, from the mid 19th to early 20th centuries, developed during this period of immense creativity including the birth of modern art. Following the lecture you are encouraged to interact with the presenter and other attendees as you enjoy a glass of fine French wine (red or white) to make sure you have all the information you need.
Florence, the evening's presenter, grew up in Vétheuil, a small town in Normandy that saw the rise of the Impressionists movement. Her father, an art teacher, 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'.
Whether you are an expert or novice in art history or just have an interest in the topic you are sure to learn something new from Florence. You will also have the 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.
Enjoy a Friday evening of French culture as you take in the visual and academic delights of seeing and understanding great art works – not to mention a glass of fine French wine to savour – as you absorb the ambience and refinement of the display and its setting.
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