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Thursdays, June 3–24, 2 – 4:10pm


Chaïm Soutine. The Pastry Chef (Baker Boy) (detail), c. 1919. BF442. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

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About the Class

The Barnes Foundation is home to many paintings by Chaïm Soutine, the Lithuanian modernist who reimagined traditional subjects like portraiture, landscape, and still life. Known for his thick, gestural paint application, Soutine raised the intensity of the oil medium to new levels. Join us as we explore Soutine’s emotional responses to his subjects, in which he seemed to lose all sense of self in the ecstatic moment of creation. We will also consider his Lithuanian Jewish background and its impact on his art and visit Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint to discuss the impact Soutine had on abstract expressionism.

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.


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.