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Seeing Cézanne

On-Site / Art in Context

Tuesdays, March 1 – March 22, 2 – 4pm


Paul Cézanne. Young Man and Skull (Jeune homme à la tête de mort) (detail), 1896–98. BF929. 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

The class is held on-site at the Barnes Foundation. Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this class. Masks are also required.

It has been said that Cézanne’s art expresses the process of seeing. What does that mean? In this course, we will attempt to answer that question by delving into the wealth of Cézanne paintings in the Barnes collection, investigating how this artist’s contradictory composite viewpoints actually represent the way our eye takes in a scene. We will also explore Cézanne’s love for the Provençal landscape and discuss how the artist transformed what was physically in front of him into an abstraction rendered on a flat surface.

Capacity: 18


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.

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?