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French Art Friday – Versailles: Louis XIV's Grandiose Project

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The Alliance Française de Brisbane has organised an extended Versailles program to support the incredible exposition 'Versailles: Treasures from the Palace' which will be travelling for the first time ever from France to Australia and presented at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. In total, the Versailles program to be presented by Alliance Francaise de Brisbane includes two French Art Friday talks (including this one), a French History talk and some workshops for both the kids and adults. Keep an eye out for more information these future events.

As part of the program the two French Art Friday conferences will be led by the art specialist, Florence Thiriot and focus on the splendour of France's Chateau de Versailles. The first of the two evenings will consist of an informal talk in English running for about an hour and discussing the history of the estate's construction, its design and the organization around Louis XIV's strict schedule. The second, to be held during February, 2017, will address the additions and changes brought during the 18th century by Louis XIV's successors to both the estate and its daily life.

So come and enjoy the first special Arty Talk on Friday, 2 December, 2016 in the Alliance Francaise premises at 262 Montague Road, West End commencing at 6.30pm. On the nght Florence will discuss the design, construction and organization of Versailles over the centuries.

Admission to the event is $25 for Alliance Française members and $30 for non-members and includes a glass of fine French wine. Select the link below that fits your circumstances and purchase your tickets on-line:
$30 for non-members.

The first conference is also an informative introduction to the sumptuous exhibition 'Versailles: Treasures from the Palace' travelling from France to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra to commence on 9 December, 2016. If you are planning to take in the Canberra exhibition then Florence's evening is not to be missed as it will provide you with a much better understanding of those works of art on display in Canberra.

You are welcome to attend one or both of the conferences as each makes for an interesting night on its own so it is not necessary to attend both to understand the overall essence of the other talk.

The Château de Versailles is one of the most beautiful achievements of 17th century French art. Built on the site of what was once one of King Louis XIII's hunting lodges the Chateau was transformed by his son Louis XIV into a grand palace. Louis XIV chose the site to build the palace that was to become the symbol of royal absolutism and the embodiment of classical French art. Once he had transformed the hunting lodge, Louis XIV moved his court and government from the Louvre to the palace in 1682.

The building was intended to display Louis XIV's royal power and impress visitors while also creating a golden cage within which he could control the French nobility.

The Château de Versailles remained the seat of power in France until 1789 and has continually developed its splendour throughout its existence.

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Florence Thiriot is a French teacher at the Alliance Français de Brisbane and is completely passionate about art. She was born into a family of art specialists and took her passion for visual arts across several continents. After growing up in the shadow of the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Florence spent her life between Europe, West Africa and finally Australia.

Florence's talks are sure to impart something new to your understanding of French art her enthusiasm will help add to the enjoyment of the evening. The other important question to be considered is; where else can you learn about French art in a fun and friendly atmosphere while sipping a glass of fine French wine?

During the evening you are sure to be uplifted by Florence's passion for French art as she provides insights into the subject's sociological and political context. You will also get a valuable insider's guide to the best museums and galleries in Paris which is not limited to the Musée d'Orsay and Pompidou Centre.

For more information on this exciting event contact the Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End by email at: or phone 3844 4460.

Likewise, you can check out Alliance Francaise's web page or its Facebook page and discover some of the fantastic activities and events this dynamic organisation provides.
Whether you already have some knowledge in Art History or just an interest in the area, these talks are sure to bring you something new!
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When: Friday, 2 December, 2016 at Alliance Francaise, 262 Montague Road, West End commencing at 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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