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Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 2 – 4pm

Georges Seurat. Models (detail), 1886–1888. BF811. Public Domain.

$500; members $450

(14 classes; no class on September 11 and September 18)

Class is full; to be wait-listed, email us.

About the Class

In European art, the unclothed female figure has stood for everything from idealized beauty to provocative sexuality. Cézanne, Courbet, Degas, Matisse, Modigliani, Poussin, and Puvis de Chavannes all devoted major canvases to the subject. By studying select works at the Barnes and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, students will learn why the naked female body has been such a major preoccupation for artists throughout history.

Capacity: 18


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 summer programs at the Paris American Academy, the Salzburg International Summer Academy, and Southampton College in New York.