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Online Class: Soutine’s Technique: A Close Look

Materials and Techniques / Online

Wednesdays, May 5–26, 2 – 4:10pm


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

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

All classes in Eastern time. We encourage you to watch live, but classes can be streamed once the live session ends. See our FAQ.

About the Class

Taught jointly by a conservator and an art historian, this course zooms in on 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.

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.


Miriam Gillman

Gillman is assistant conservator of paintings at the Barnes. She studied art history at the University of St. Andrews and conservation of easel paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her research interests include European expressionism and the technical and scientific analysis of modern paintings. Gillman’s work on new treatment options for water-sensitive modern oil paintings was recently published in the book Conservation of Modern Oil Paintings (Springer).

Martha Lucy

Lucy is the deputy director for research, interpretation and education at the Barnes. As an art historian, she specializes in modern European art and visual culture. She is the coauthor of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation and has published articles and essays on topics ranging from the early charcoals of Odilon Redon to contemporary installation art.