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Impressionism: Rebellion & Rivalry

Online / Art in Context

Wednesdays, February 2 – February 23, 2 – 4pm


Claude Monet. Madame Monet Embroidering (detail), 1875. BF197. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

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

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About the Class

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Today, French impressionist painters are adored by museumgoers all over the world. During their own time, however, they were considered radicals who lacked both talent and respect for artistic tradition. United by their desire to depict contemporary life and to work directly from nature, these young artists turned the art establishment on its head. Focusing on canvases in the Barnes collection by Renoir, Monet, Degas, Pissarro, and Cassatt, as well as examples from other institutions, this course will explore how the impressionists broke the rules for painting laid out by the French academy and how their painting style was received by their contemporaries.


Kedra Kearis

Kearis is a member of the adult education faculty at the Barnes. She specializes in art and material culture of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between gender, space, and the visual arts. In addition, Kearis has taught French language and literature for more than a decade.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?