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Wednesdays, October 7–28, 6 – 7:30pm*


Henri Matisse. Red Madras Headdress (detail), 1907. BF448. © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society, 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

From the 1870s into the early 20th century, progressive French artists developed dramatically new ways of painting. In this series of lectures and live painting demonstrations, we’ll explore the materials and techniques that made impressionism, post-impressionism, fauvism, and early modernism such groundbreaking movements.

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 Thursdays, October 8–29, between 6 and 8:30 pm. You will be automatically assigned a time slot once you enroll.


Henri Matisse. Red Madras Headdress, 1907. BF448. © 2019 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society, 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.