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Early Modern Artists of Montmartre in the Barnes Collection

Online / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Wednesdays, November 9 – December 7, 6 – 8pm


Henri Matisse. Red Madras Headdress (detail), 1907. BF448. © 2022 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

$220; members $198
(4 classes, no class November 23)

About the Class

Explore the methods, materials, and styles of the early modern painters of Paris (1900–1910) with artist and writer Al Gury. Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Modigliani, and other artists who became an important part of the Barnes collection—and the foundation of the modern movements in painting—will be at the center of this online class. Each week, the instructor will present background information on the artists and their lives in Paris, discussions about their materials and styles, and video demonstrations of the painting processes involved in these important modern styles. This interactive and lively series is open to students of all levels and backgrounds.

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


Henri Matisse. Red Madras Headdress, 1907. BF448. © 2022 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Al Gury

Gury is chair of painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he teaches drawing, painting, and art history. A painter of landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and figures, he also exhibits at F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia and other galleries around the country. He is the author of three books on art and numerous articles published nationally and internationally.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Materials and Techniques courses explore the physical aspects of how art is made. You will look closely at artistic materials, techniques, and processes, all of which are essential to understanding how art produces meaning.