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Art & Aesthetics

Fall 2014 Workshops

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Mondays, September 8–29 (4 classes) 
6:30–8:30 pm
Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
Renoir was unique in his broad subject matter—landscapes, interiors, still lifes, and portraits—and made deeply personal pieces as well as commissions. His 181 works in the Barnes have been recently catalogued and documented by Martha Lucy and John House in Renoir in the Barnes Foundation. Using this publication, examine Renoir’s blend of modern and classical.

Architecture in the Age of Renoir, Cézanne, and Picasso
Tuesdays, September 9–30 (4 classes) 
6–8 pm
Instructor: Grace Ong Yan, PhD
From the 1860s to the 1930s, Paris was a nexus for innovation in architecture and in painting, both steeped in tradition and progressively modern. Explore comparisons between select masterpieces in the Barnes collection and great architectural achievements like the Palais Garnier, the Eiffel Tower, and buildings by Le Corbusier.

Drawing Skills and Painting Outcomes
Tuesdays, September 30–November 4 (6 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm
Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
At the Barnes and PAFA, examine paintings where the artist’s drawing skills influence brushstrokes and the depiction of subject matter. Emphases are integration of drawing as part of personal touch and its role in the spatial conception and graphic construction of a painting. Learn how drawing contributes to a painting’s outcome and to an artist’s plans for future work.

Monet and Cézanne
Mondays, October 13–November 3 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm
Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA

Monet and Cézanne led painting away from representation and narrative toward a celebration of human vision. Their work established a new respect for the capacity of the human eye. A hallmark of Monet’s paintings is his depiction of color and light. Through three outstanding examples at the Barnes—Madame Monet Embroidering, The Studio Boat, and Monsieur Coqueret (Father)—Monet displays his signature techniques. For Cézanne, the quarry at Bibémus, the valley of the Arc river, and the countryside near Gardanne are places of the heart. In Cézanne’s paintings of Aix-en-Provence in the 1880s, he applied the ideas he had honed to the landscape of his youth.

William Glackens: Painter of Modern Life
Tuesdays, October 14–November 4 (4 classes)
6–8 pm
Instructor: Heather Campbell Coyle, PhD

In 1908, the groundbreaking exhibition of The Eight heralded the arrival of modern American art, and William Glackens was at the center of the excitement. Get ready for the exhibition William Glackens by exploring Glackens’s formative years in Philadelphia, his work as an illustrator, his sense of humor, and the passion for modern painting that he shared with Albert Barnes.

Seurat and Van Gogh
Mondays, November 17–December 8 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm
Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA

When Van Gogh arrived in Paris in 1886, he immediately visited the eighth and last impressionist exhibition, where he saw the work of George Seurat. Enthralled by Seurat’s theories of color and his understanding of the interaction of hues, Van Gogh may have begun to emulate Seurat’s methods. This seminar examines the Barnes’s Seurats and select works by Van Gogh to compare their conception of color. This workshop also considers works like The Postman, in which Van Gogh advanced innovations that have influenced several generations of twentieth- and twenty- first-century artists.

$300; members $270
Register online or call 215.278.7200.


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