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Tuesdays, April 23 – May 14, 1 – 3pm


Jules Pascin. Figures on Beach, Coney Island (detail), 1917. BF625. Public Domain.

$200; members $180

(4 classes)

Class is full; to be wait-listed, email us.

About the Class

In European painting, the proper relationship between line and color has been debated by theorists since at least the 16th century. Which of these elements should be dominant in a painting? By the early 1800s, the argument had become so heated that it inspired a now-famous cartoon showing two figures—one personifying line, the other color—engaged in battle. This class will trace the debate across several centuries, through close looking at artists in the Barnes collection, including Rubens, Degas, Matisse, and Picasso. We will also consider how the question plays out in the work of contemporary artists like Kara Walker, Judith Scott, and Kiki Smith.

Capacity: 18


Molly Walker

Walker is an art instructor at the Barnes and an adjunct professor at Lincoln University.