Wednesdays, March 10–31, 2 – 4:10pm
About the Class
Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine, and Pascin were not only important impressionist and post-impressionist artists but also Jewish artists. How did their faith influence their outlook and their art? This class explores the lives and work of four foreign-born French artists who had a profound effect on their century and our own.
Each week, the main lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.
Portnoy is cantor emeritus of Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, PA. He began studying art at the Barnes in 1995 and has served as a docent since 2012. At the Barnes, he has concentrated on Jewish art, Dr. Barnes and music, and on the study of Dr. Barnes’s acquisition of real estate on Latch’s Lane. A Yale graduate, he holds advanced degrees in sacred music and general musicology.