The rebuilding of Paris in the 19th century by designer Baron Haussmann transformed the city into the "New Paris". The Impressionist painters of the time recorded this enormous change and its effect on society through their artwork. Art historian Dr. Brigid Barton will describe the profound life changes in Paris as depicted in Impressionist paintings, in a two-part series:
May 18: New Paris and Impressionism (Part 1)
This lecture will delve into the artists' attitudes towards the New Paris. There are the Pictorial Realists of the 1860s, such as Manet and Degas, who are ambiguous about the rebuilding and paint in a subdued pallet. Then there are the Impressionists of the 1870s, such as Monet and Renoir, coming from the provinces with a positive view about the change, depicting the city in beautiful full color paintings.
May 25: New Paris and Impressionism (Part 2)
This lecture will cover the Social Realists, who paint society at leisure. The themes are parks and public spaces with all the leisurely activities enjoyed by society at the time, such as boating, picnics, swimming, luncheons and strolling. Among the painters presented are Seurat, Courbet, Manet, Monet and Renoir.
Dr. Brigid Barton has a BA from Barnard College of Columbia University in Art History and an MA and PhD from UC Berkeley. Her specialty is European Modernist Art, particularly the art of Germany and France. She was a professor of Art History for over 30 years at the University of Santa Clara, Chair of her Department for two terms, Director of the University Museum for a number of years and participant in many committees representing the department on the campus. Since retiring, she has taught in continuing studies programs at Stanford and Santa Clara, as well as giving lectures at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts and the Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, among other venues. Professor Barton and her husband Rob Robinson have taught four times for the Stanford in Germany program in Berlin and continue to be active there when they travel to Europe. Most recently she traveled to Vienna to research a course on Viennese Art Nouveau which she taught at Santa Clara University and Stanford in the spring.
This program is presented in collaboration with the Palo Alto Art Center and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation.
The Palo Alto Art Center was created by the community, for the community, in 1971. The Center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. The Center attracts approximately 150,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs including free admission to exhibitions featuring local, regional and nationally acclaimed artists, children's fine art programs, adult studio programs, school tour programs and artists-in-the-school program. The Palo Alto Art Center is owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto as a program of the Division of Arts and Sciences, Department of Community Services. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation was founded in 1973 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial support and advocacy to the Art Center though a public/private partnership that allows them to enhance their reach and impact in the community.
Attendance is free. Register to obtain the Zoom link.
Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the John R. Schwabacher Family, Diane and Jon Claerbout in memory of their beloved son Jos, as well as the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. We are grateful for the generous support of all of our donors.
Tuesdays, May 18 and 25
Online via Zoom
Free with registration
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