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Online Class: Seeing Cézanne

Art in Context / Online

Mondays, November 9–December 7, 6 – 7:30pm*


Paul Cézanne. Young Man and Skull (detail), 1896–1898. BF929. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes; no class on November 23)

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

About the Class

Cézanne’s art is said to resemble the process of seeing. What exactly 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 the 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—the looming mountains and rocky terrains—and discuss how the artist transformed what was physically in front of him into an abstraction rendered on a flat surface.

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, November 11–December 9 (no discussion session on November 25), between 6 and 8:20 pm. You will be automatically assigned a time slot once you enroll.


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.