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Learn to connect works of art to history. What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time the piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?
This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.
What makes art “contemporary”? How do we decide what’s “good” in the art of our time? The answers to these questions are complex—much like contemporary art itself.
Using examples from the collection, we will explore the art and objects that mattered to Matisse at the different phases of his career in this one-day workshop.
Delve into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, one of the greatest—and most mythologized—painters of the modern era.
This course explores how Chinese artists have expressed rhythm in sculpture, painting, calligraphy, and ceramics.
These four painters were central to the avant-garde scene in early 20th-century Paris. How did their faith influence their outlook and their artwork?
Inspired by our fall exhibition, this class explores the dynamic intersection of race, identity, and sexual politics in the work of several influential black artists featured in the show.
Learn the traditional meanings and uses of the African sculpture collected by Dr. Barnes while considering the impact of colonialism and imperialism.
What was it about Cézanne’s work that inspired early modernists like Monet and Bonnard and continues to influence painters today?
Learn about Pissarro’s relationships with his contemporaries and his central role in the development of modern art.
This class takes an in-depth look at the major artistic and architectural moments of the ancient world.