French Art Course

French Art Course Manet - The Plum (1878) - National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 10:30 to Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 12:30

Booking: Booking required. Please contact the museum.

£40.00 (members); £50.00 (non-members)

 Every Wednesday from 25 September to 30 October, 10.30 - 12.30 . Course by  Paul Chapman and Alexandra Ormerod. Following on from the success of last summer’s Art and Landscape lectures, Paul Chapman will deliver a new season of talks for this autumn in collaboration with Alexandra Ormerod.  The 2013 exchange of archaeological items with our twin museum of Saintes in Charente-Maritime shifts some of the Museum’s focus over the channel for the year.  With this in mind, Paul’s lecture series will take a look at French art from the Revolution through to the late 20th century.

The course will explore the influence of French writers and their literature on artists over this period. Art is often a source of inspiration for writers; images spawn words.  But what of the texts that have preceded images.  From Rousseau and David, Lady Montagu and Ingres, Zola and Gauguin, Baudelaire, Mallarmé and Manet, to Breton and Tanguy – each session will examine how writers have provided a literary springboard to the artists’ creativity.  The second half of each session will take a workshop approach with opportunity for input and discussion.  

The course runs chronologically and can be attended as a series or booked as individual lectures. We expect this course to be very popular so please book well in advance.