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The School of Paris

Online / Art in Context

Mondays, October 10 – October 31, 1 – 3pm


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

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

The School of Paris refers to a circle of foreign-born artists, many of whom were Jewish, who lived and worked in Paris in the early part of the 20th century. This lively course dives into the lives and practices of members of the group—including Amedeo Modigliani, Chaïm Soutine, Marc Chagall, Jules Pascin, and Jacques Lipchitz—and celebrates their unique artistic achievement. Drawing from key examples of painting and sculpture from the Barnes collection, we will study the connections between these convivial artists, their relationships with their art dealers, and Dr. Albert Barnes’s efforts to bring their works stateside. Ultimately, we will rethink the established narrative of this critical moment in the development of visual art.

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


Joseph Tokumasu Field

Tokumasu Field earned his MA in curating at Richmond University, London, and specializes in modern, contemporary, and Asian art. He has taught at Brooklyn College, the 92nd Street Y, the Isamu Noguchi Foundation, and the Guggenheim Museum, all in New York. He works to provide access to art for all, highlighting marginalized artists and centering people over objects in his teaching practice.

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?