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Tuesdays, January 26–April 27, 1 – 4pm


Paul Cézanne. Ginger Jar (detail), c. 1895. BF23. Public Domain.

$550; members $495; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475
(14 classes)

All classes in Eastern time. We encourage you to watch live, but classes can be streamed once the live session ends. See our FAQ.

About the Class

Paul Cézanne’s influence on European modernism—especially on avant-garde painters working in Paris in the early 20th century—cannot be overstated. Henri Matisse called him the “father of us all,” and Pablo Picasso declared him “my one and only master.” This course traces the development of Cézanne’s visual language, considering his continual mining of artistic traditions and exploring his profound impact on the art that followed.

Each week, the main lecture is followed by a 50-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates. Students seeking the Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program must participate in the discussion session.

Through our partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Barnes can offer students 3 college credits for Collection Concentration.


William Perthes

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.