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Online Class: Monet and Modernism

Online / Art in Context

Tuesdays, December 7 – December 28, 2 – 4pm


Claude Monet. The Studio Boat (detail), 1876. BF730. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

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?

About the Class

Today, the art of Claude Monet can be found on T-shirts, mugs, and even athletic shoes. His paintings are so well known that it’s easy to forget how radical and anti-establishment they were in his day. Monet was at the forefront of the impressionist movement, a group of artists whose approach to painting amounted to a fundamental—and controversial—break from European tradition. His focus on surface over subject, seriality, and subjectivity bordering on abstraction were the culmination of a lifetime of artistic experimentation. In this course, we will look closely at Monet’s art to understand his contributions to modernism in the 20th century and beyond.

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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.