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Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14

12 – 2pm


Camille Pissarro. Avenue de l’Opera, Place du Thretre Francais Misty Weather (detail), 1898

$220; members $198
(4-day intensive)

About the Class

Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro lived and worked during a period of dramatic physical change to the city of Paris. In the mid-19th century, Napoleon III and his prefect of the Seine, Baron Haussmann, led a grand renovation of the city, constructing glamorous new boulevards, parks, and buildings on a massive scale, and destroying much of its medieval fabric along the way. This course traces the evolution of—and artistic response to—one of the most famous urban planning projects in European history.

This course takes place at the Barnes, in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium, but is also available for online enrollment. All students, whether on-site or remote, will have the opportunity to participate in class discussions. More about online classes.

On-site capacity: 80

Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this class; face masks are welcome but not required.


Elizabeth Lovett

Lovett is a practicing architect and principal of Lovett Keshet Studio. She is also a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design and the recipient of its 2022 G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Award. Her interest in the language of geometry and the pragmatic constraints of materials and construction has led to an expertise in historic and modern building practices.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?