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Wednesdays, April 5 – April 26, 1 – 3pm


Chaïm Soutine. Bouquet of Flowers (detail), c. 1918. BF125. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

Taught by a conservator, this course zooms in on Chaïm Soutine’s working methods. Until now, there has been little technical exploration of Soutine’s painting process. This, combined with a dearth of biographical information, has led to a complicated mythology about Soutine that is generally unclear and often contradicts itself. Looking closely at several paintings in the Barnes collection, the class will focus on what we have begun to learn from systematic study of Soutine’s paintings so that we might better understand one of the most enigmatic and unsung artists of the early 20th century.

The class is online-only. More about online classes.

This course will:

  • Increase your understanding of art-related concepts.
  • Increase the ways you think critically about art.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.


Miriam Gillman

Owner/principal of Gillman Conservation, Gillman previously worked as assistant conservator of paintings at the Barnes. She studied art history at the University of St Andrews and conservation at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Her research interests include European expressionism and the technical analysis of modern paintings. Her recent work on paintings by Amedeo Modigliani was published in the Modigliani Up Close catalogue.

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?

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