About the Class
Before the impressionists claimed plein air painting, the Barbizon artists pioneered the practice of working from direct observation of nature. Named for the French village at the edge of the Fontainebleau Forest, the Barbizon group—led by Corot, Rousseau, Millet, and Daubigny—were attracted to the area’s dense atmospheric forests, moonlit marshes, and bright sunlit fields. Discover these artists’ visions of rural France, its mythic trees and lyrical skies, its untouched woods and ancient villages—a world threatened by industrialization and the steady march of progress.
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.
Kearis is a member of the Barnes Art Team and a PhD candidate in art history at Temple University. She has taught French language and literature for nearly a decade and recently completed a fellowship at the New-York Historical Society for her dissertation research on the artistic and literary exchange between Belle Époque Paris and Gilded Age New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.