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Tuesdays, October 6–27, 2 – 3:30pm*


Henri Matisse. Interior, Nice (detail), 1919. BF394. © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

*We encourage you to watch the lectures live, but classes can be streamed anytime after the live session ends. See our FAQ.

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About the Class

In 1917, Henri Matisse moved from the suburbs of Paris to the South of France. He lived and worked in Nice and the surrounding region for the rest of his life, experimenting with different media and producing some of the most moving works of his career—including the remarkable Dance mural at the Barnes, his paper cut-outs, and the magnificent Chapel of the Rosary in Vence. Join us for an in-depth look at Matisse’s art from 1917 to his death in 1954.

Each week, the main lecture will be followed by an optional small-group discussion session that allows students to ask questions and exchange ideas. These 40-minute sessions, moderated by the instructor or a teaching assistant, take place Wednesdays, October 7–28, between 2 and 4:30 pm. You will be automatically assigned a time slot once you enroll.


Henri Matisse. Interior, Nice, 1919. BF394. © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Leslie Bowen

Bowen previously taught at Lebanon Valley College, where she received the Nevelyn J. Knisley Award for Inspirational Teaching. A painter, she exhibits extensively and has participated in programs at the Paris American Academy, the Salzburg International Summer Academy, and Southampton College in New York.