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Saturdays, October 9 – October 30, 11am – 1pm


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Nude Lying on a Couch, 1897. BF573. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

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?

About the Class

In the mid-19th century, a new generation of artists began to challenge the classical ideals upheld by the French Academy. Progressive painters like Gustave Courbet and Édouard Manet freed the nude from narrative frameworks based on mythology and history, placed the figure in contemporary settings, and portrayed the body more naturalistically. Throughout this course, we will also consider the complex relationship between the nude, race, Orientalism, and the male gaze. To celebrate Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, the final class will focus on Valadon’s radical reimagining of the female body.

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Corrinne Chong

Chong holds a PhD in art history from the University of Edinburgh. She was a key member of the curatorial team for the Early Rubens exhibition (2019) at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Most recently she was a research consultant for Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel. Her publications and curatorial projects focus on the dialogue between 19th-century art and music as well as opera scenography.