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Mondays, October 23 – November 13, 6 – 8pm

Pablo Picasso. Violin, Sheet Music, and Bottle, 1914. © 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © 2017 The Barnes Foundation

4 classes
$200; members $180.

About the Class

In the early 20th century, artists like Matisse and Picasso exploded traditional vocabularies for painting. They combined colors in jarring ways, rendered objects from multiple perspectives at once, and embraced ambiguity. In music, meanwhile, composers explored unconventional harmonies and introduced kaleidoscopic, often “primitive”-sounding rhythms. 

In this course co-taught by an art historian and two classically trained musicians, analyze the relationships between early modern painting and music. Learn to hear atonality in music as you look at it in painting; think about “open” musical space in relation to cubism; and understand why Matisse thought of his color combinations as “chords.”



Martha Lucy

Martha Lucy is deputy director for education and public programs and curator at the Barnes. She is the co-author of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation and has published many essays on the art and visual culture of late-19th-century France.

Robert Whalen

Robert Whalen is the music director and co-artistic director of the Barnes Ensemble. Previously he served as director of the chamber orchestra at the University of Chicago, assistant c­onductor with Germany’s WDR Funkhausorchester, and conductor of the Contemporary Music Workshop at the University of Minnesota.

Katherine Skovira

Katherine Skovira, DMA, is co-artistic director of the Barnes Ensemble and musical programming at the Barnes. A Philadelphia native, she is also a singer and contemporary-music specialist and has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras.