About the Class
Have you ever spent 90 minutes looking at a single work of art? It is remarkable what kinds of things you start to notice—little details, individual brushstrokes, overall harmonies—when you give yourself the time and space to look carefully. In this new series, we use the Barnes Method (an object-focused approach to art appreciation) to help you gain a deeper visual understanding of one iconic work in our collection. This month, we’ll unpack Cézanne’s masterful Ginger Jar. These immersions are a great choice for both experienced art enthusiasts and newcomers wanting to slow down and spend time looking, thinking, and discussing.
The class is online-only. More about online classes.
Paul Cézanne. Ginger Jar, c. 1895. BF23. Public Domain.
Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes. He has taught courses at the Barnes as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester and Villanova Universities. His scholarship focuses on American modernism and the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.
Barnes Method courses follow the teachings of Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia. Classes focus on rigorous formal analysis and direct visual engagement with works of art. In this method, close looking at art helps build critical-thinking skills that can be carried beyond the gallery walls.