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French History Friday: Representing the First World War in Paintings in France and Australia

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Interesting conversation & fine wine makes a perfect Friday

French History Fridays are the perfect opportunity for you to learn about French history in a fun and friendly environment while sipping on a glass of fine French wine.

Following on from its successful evening of French-Australian history in June, the Alliance Franšaise de Brisbane is all set to launch a series of three conferences led by Romain Fathi. These informal talks, of about 45 minutes duration, will be given in English and focus on French perspectives of last century's two World Wars.

The first of these conferences, Representing the First World War in paintings in France and Australia is to be held at the premises of the Alliance Franšaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End on Friday, 4 September, 2015 commencing at 6.30pm.

Admission to the event is $25 for members and $30 for non-members and for that you will also get a glass of fine French wine. Click here to purchase your tickets on-line:
$25 for AF members
$30 for non-members

The series of three conferences are set to examine different cultural aspects of these periods of French history. The talks will bring together many of the French national characteristics and the way they impacted on how the populace responded by examining the arts, mentalities and other contemporary representations of the conflicts.

The first French History Friday, discusses how Representing the First World War in paintings in France and Australia juxtaposes two visions of the same conflict. French and Australian paintings of the First World War are compared and the audience is invited to reflect on why the same conflict is painted in such radically different ways.

Was it for political and commemorative purposes that Australian art ignored the modernity of the conflict? Cubism, futurism and expressionism found much inspiration in the art produced during the First World War but they were not included in the works representing the Anzacs. Conversely, French painters went beyond traditional ways of painting and represented the intensity of the conflict and devastation, a spectacle of unprecedented scale. This first conference will provide you with some insightful explanations of why this happened and the reasoning behind those decisions.
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All three conferences will provide you with an insight of the French experiences of the First and Second World Wars and how these conflicts impacted French society and the French response to those impacts. At the same time, comparisons will be made between the French and Australian representations of these same wars. Romain Fathi will keep you intrigued with his ability to go back and forth between the two countries' histories to highlight cultural differences in responding to the same event and how these differences have appeared in some very unexpected ways.

Each presentation will be followed by an opportunity to become involved with Romain in a Q&A.

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Romain Fathi is eminently qualified and passionately enthusiastic about French and Australian cultural diversities. He is enrolled in a jointly awarded Ph.D. program between The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) and Sciences Po (Paris, France), where his research interests are concerned with Australian national identity, the Great War and war commemorations. He has previously studied and taught in several universities including Sciences Po, Yale and The University of Queensland.

For more information or to book your ticket for this conference click here or you can contact the Alliance Francaise by phone on 3844 4460 or email at
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Why? The enjoyment of stimulating converstaion and fine wine is not to be missed.
When: Friday, 4 September, 2016 from 6.30pm
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Alliance Franšaise 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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