Wednesdays, November 10 – December 8, 6 – 8pm
About the Class
The model is an integral part of a work of art. This online course explores the behind-the-scenes realities of the artist’s model across time, moving from antiquity to early 20th-century Paris. When did modeling first emerge as a profession and why? How did the role change over time, mirroring social and political changes? How much input did models have into the creative process? What were the sexual dynamics of the artist’s studio in 19th-century Paris?
In telling this story, we will delve into lively memoirs by artist models such as Fernande Olivier (Loving Picasso) and Kiki de Montparnasse (The Education of a French Model), as well as accounts by painters. We will also explore a wealth of imagery—cartoons, historic photographs of posing sessions, and artist’s depictions of models at work in their own studios by Gérôme, Courbet, Seurat, Matisse, and others.
Working in Marble by Jean-Léon Gérôme.
Part of the Barnes Art Team, Kearis is a PhD candidate in art history at Temple University. She specializes in art and visual culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her research emphasizes the artistic exchange between France and America, the new woman, and the transnational portrait of the Gilded Age. Her dissertation has been supported by the New-York Historical Society, the Association of Historians of American Art, and the Victorian Society in America.
Lucy is the deputy director for research, interpretation and education at the Barnes. As an art historian, she specializes in modern European art and visual culture. She is the coauthor of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation and has published articles and essays on topics ranging from the early charcoals of Odilon Redon to contemporary installation art.