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Tuesdays, January 25 – May 3, 6 – 9pm


Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Leaving the Conservatory (detail), 1876–1877. BF862. Public Domain.

$550; members $495
(14 classes; no class March 15)

Registration opens December 9 at 10am; member presale begins December 7 at 10am. Join now.

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About the Class

The class is online-only. More about online classes.

The Barnes Foundation houses the world’s largest collection of Renoirs—a staggering 179 paintings, all of which are on view in the galleries. This course explores this important yet often misunderstood artist in depth, approaching his work not only in the context of the impressionist movement but also in relation to older traditions of art.


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.

The Barnes Method

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.