In a perfectly timed French Art Friday you can come along and learn about the great Ambroise Vollard the French art dealer who encouraged Picasso to realize what is acclaimed as the most beautiful series of engravings of the twentieth century, the famous 'Vollard Suite' now on display at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).
Come to Alliance Française de Brisbane'sFrench Art Friday first and learn the intricacies of the Suite so when you visit the Queensland Art Gallery before 15 April, 2018 you will be able to better appreciate these masterpieces currently on display in Gallery 4.
Alliance Française de Brisbane'sFlorence Thiriot will also discuss the legendary influence of Ambroise Vollard, the visionary and mythical Paris art dealer who possessed the ultimate collector's eye. Not only did he encourage Picasso but he also played a major role in the recognition of Modern Art with the organisation of the first exhibitions of such masters as Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin and the Nabis, Picasso and Matisse.
Vollard by Picasso – image provided by Alliance Française
Let Florence transport you back to Paris at the beginning of the twentieth century when you will hear about the celebrated 'Street of Pictures', rue Laffitte. It was here Vollard, who focused more on the personal anecdotes of those around him than the social and artistic movements, led a rich and fascinating life. His early endeavours led him to discover and be the first to sell the works of Cézanne, despite incredible opposition to Impressionism.
Exhibitions of Manet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Mourey and many others greatly enhanced Vollard's influence and wealth.
Vollard by Cezanne – image provided by Alliance Française
With your ticket you will not only get access to a wonderful night of fun, information and friendship but also you will enjoy an exquisite glass of fine French wine and some wonderful nibbles.
Florence Thiriot, is a French teacher at Alliance Français de Brisbane. Her passion for art has been a driving force behind the French Art Fridays events.
Born into a family of art lovers and growing up within 'cooee' of Paris' Ecole des Beaux Arts, Florence has spent her life totally absorbed in the beauty, appreciation and wonder of all manner of French art and its artists.
During these regular yet diverse French Art Friday talks Florence never fails to amaze at the breadth of her knowledge and the enthusiasm she has for the many topics on which she speaks. If you enjoy art and/or art history you are sure to be caught up with Florence and her amazing facts and anecdotes – so why not get to this one as it is going to cover several artists and show how they benefited from their friendship with Ambroise Vollard; The Genius Spotter.
And besides, there's a glass of fine French wine waiting for you that can only make it an even more enjoyable evening.
As an added bonus for art lovers likely to be visiting France at any time in the future Florence can provide you with a valuable insider's guide to the best museums and galleries in Paris.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 3844 4460.