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French Art Friday – French Revolution and the Age of Romantics

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Vive la révolution and viva le French Art Friday

Have you ever wondered who the personalities and what the inspirations were behind one of those incredibly big, detailed and emotional paintings depicting great events and heroic people in pursuit of splendid ideals? Let's be honest, we all have.

Well, here is your chance to find out about the biggest and best of these great works by joining Alliance Française de Brisbane's Florence Thiriot at her next French Art Friday as she breathes life into art movements that took place during the French Revolution and the Age of Romantics.

The evening is being held at the Alliance Française de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End on Friday, 11 May, 2018 starting at 6.30pm. As always, the talk will be held in English and admission is $25 for Alliance Francaise members and $30 for non-members. Order your tickets for a delightful evening from here:

Along with providing an opportunity of inspiration and information your ticket entitles you to savour a glass of fine French wine and some wonderful nibbles. Make sure you don't miss out and purchase your tickets on-line now.

Listen to this absolutely absorbing tale of a time in history that changed how French art was appreciated and interpreted. Pre-revolutionary French art had been somewhat playful in its subject matter, more decorative than thoughtful, then, during the French Revolution, educated revolutionaries sought to inject a greater meaning into their work. This new seriousness and the inspirations recent discoveries such as, Pompeii, were had significant influences on the French approach to art during the late 18th century.

Considered the outstanding artist of this period, Jacques-Louis David painted in the neoclassical style. His clever approach to painting historical events led to a movement away from the frivolity of the Rococo period to a more classical and austere methodology more in-tune with society's moral atmosphere at the death of the old regime.

David was an active supporter of the French Revolution and a confidant of Maximilien Robespierre. He came to be seen as a dictator of the arts under the French Republic. After Robespierre's demise and a stint in prison he aligned himself with Napoleon. After Napoleon's Waterloo, David moved to Brussels and later to Holland where he remained until his death.

Following his departure from France, after Napoleon's fall, he was succeeded as the paramount French artist by the younger Delacroix and Gericault. These men became leaders of the new Romantics movement and, together, they produced large-scale dramatic, passionate, inspirational, often nationalistic and always highly emotional paintings.
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La Mort de Marat by Jacques-Louis David

Along with her love of teaching French at Alliance Français de Brisbane, Florence Thiriot, is completely passionate about art. Her whole family are true lovers of art in all its forms and being born close to Paris' Ecole des Beaux Arts, Florence has always absorbed herself in the splendour, admiration and enjoyment of French art and artists.

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In her French Art Friday talks Florence amazes audiences with the depth of her knowledge and the fervour with which she presents her topics. If you are an art lover or somebody interested in history (or, for that matter, both) you will be smitten by Florence's French Art Fridays. And to make it a truly unforgettable night you will receive a glass of fine French wine.

Florence also have the knowledge and experience to provide travellers with a valuable insider's guide to the finest museums and galleries in Paris – which are often not those most visited by tourists.

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For more information on this exciting event or for more general information about other events and educational opportunities conducted by this vibrant organisation contact the Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End by email at: or phone 3844 4460.
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Why? Because art matters, as does the free glass of fine French wine you'll receive
When: Friday, 27 April, 2018 from 6.30pm.
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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