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The Traditions of Art

The Barnes Method

Tuesdays, September 12 – December 19, 12 – 3pm

Attributed to Jean-Siméon Chardin. Still Life with Copper Pot, Cabbage (Table de cuisine), c. 1732–1740. BF530. Public Domain.

14 classes
$500; members $450; with accreditation through PAFA $1,475.

About the Class

The traditions of art are a visual record of the perceptions of artists through time. Focusing primarily on developments in Western European art, this class explores how traditions influence and affect one another, how artists learn from and adapt those traditions, and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.


​William Perthes

William Perthes is senior instructor for art and aesthetics at the Barnes. He has also taught courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester and Villanova Universities. His scholarship focuses on American modernism and the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.