About the Class
The exhibition of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (Art Institute of Chicago) at the final impressionist exhibition in 1886 ushered in a radical new direction for painting, one based in science and optical theory rather than impressionist spontaneity. This course considers Seurat’s technique of pointillism through several key works, including the Barnes’s monumental Models (Poseuses) as well as captivating seascapes and luminous black-and-white drawings. We will explore how Seurat’s œuvre, despite his meteoric career being cut short at the age of 31, has had a lasting impact on the development of modern art.
Each week, the main lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.
Kearis is a member of the Barnes Art Team and a PhD candidate in art history at Temple University. She has taught French language and literature for nearly a decade and recently completed a fellowship at the New-York Historical Society for her dissertation research on the artistic and literary exchange between Belle Époque Paris and Gilded Age New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.