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 helped shape various visual art movements. This third lecture, of about 45 minutes, will focus on the precursors of Impressionism.
The Introduction to the Precursors of Impressionism features interesting facts on some of the great French artists such as, Millet and Courbet who, with their realistic and often provocative representations of everyday life, paved the way for the Impressionists.
The discussion also covers how members of the School of Barbizon, from where artists such as Corot emerged, took their brushes into the great outdoors and, working under the influence of Constable and Turner, produced masterpieces highlighting emotions and feelings as well as a stunning representation of what they saw.
French Art Fridays is a series of friendly conferences on French art led by Florence Thiriot, a teacher and art specialist at Alliance Francaise. Florence grew up in Vétheuil, a small town in Normandy, and was always influenced by her father, an art teacher, who 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'.
Florence presents her talks in English and has developed each one to inform you how French painting, from the mid 19th to early 20th centuries, developed as part of the creative movement that led to the birth of Modern Art.
Following the lecture you are encouraged to interact with Florence as you enjoy a glass of fine French wine and ask all those questions you have always wanted to ask about French 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. This is also a great 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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