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Paris Art Studies - March – April 2017

 

The History of Paris – Architecture, Urbanism, Society

Part 4: Paris under Louis XIV II

 

In 1682 Louis XIV ordered the court to leave the Louvre and officially move to the Chateau de Versailles. The death of Colbert (1683) Charles Le Brun (1690) and the departure from court of his most celebrated mistress, Athenais de Montespan (1691) usher in the last part of the long reign (72 years) of Louis XIV. Madame de Maintenon, hired at first to be governess to Athenais’ children with the King, will gradually replace her mistress in the King’s heart. Under her spell the aging King will lead a more regular and devout life. In architecture the principal projects of the end of the reign is the ongoing transformation of the Chateau de Versailles and its gardens, the building of the King’s summer residences, Trianon and Marly,  the great royal squares built in Paris, the places de Victoires and Vendôme. We will be also examining the construction of the new gates and great boulevards ringing the capital and the return of the baroque style in art in the flamboyant work of Largillière, Rigaud, Desportes and Jouvenet. Between 1710 and 1715 all of Louis’ legitimate children and grandchildren die in a relentless and tragic sequence of a variety of illnesses. The Sun King himself dies aged 77 in 1715.

Course Schedule:  Fridays 10:30 am – 12:00 noon.

Coffee and tea served at gallery sessions between 10:00 and 10:30am.

Friday 24 Feb. – Visit – The hotel des Invalides and the Church of the Dome. Meet 10:15 am exit of metro La Tour-Maubourg (line 8).

Friday 3 March – Slide Lecture – Louis XIV, Athenais de Montespan and Versailles 1670-1690.

Friday 10 March – Visit cancelled

Friday 17 March – Slide Lecture –Sunset: The end of the reign and Madame de Maintenon 1690-1715.

Friday 24 March – Visit – Musée du Louvre. The Grand Style: painting and sculpture under Louis XIV.  

Meet 10:15 inside the Pyramid by auditorium entrance with ticket in hand.

Friday 31 March – Walking tour – Paris of Louis XIV: From Porte Saint Martin to Place des Victoires.  

Meet 10:15 in front of Theâtre de la Renaissance, 20 boulevard Saint Martin 75010 (Métro Strasbourg Saint-Denis, lines 4,8,9, exit 3 – Porte Saint-Martin).

 

Bibliography:

Anthony Blunt, Art and Architecture in France 1500-1700, Pelican History of Art, Penguin (latest edition).

Anthony Sutcliffe, Paris, an Architectural History, Yale University Press.

Antonia  Fraser,  Love and Louis XIV, Phoenix.

Nancy Mitford, The Sun King, Penguin.

 

Course Fee: 100 € for 5 sessions or 25 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees.

You can sign up for individual sessions or a series by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

or by calling Chris Boïcos on +33 (0) 686 58 98 09 and by sending a check made out to “Chris Boïcos” to

Chris Boïcos, 14 boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. Museum fees are additional to course fees.

Please register for classes in advance to ensure that group visits are not full.

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Paris Special Exhibitions

 

Thursday 23 February 11 – 12:30 pm - The pemanent collections of the Petit Palais.

Visit to the Petit Palais with Chris Boïcos.

 

Originally the decorative arts pavilion of the 1900 World’s Fair, the Petit Palais re-opened in 2005 after a meticulous 5-year restoration. Discover one of the most exuberant décors of the Belle Epoque housing the permanent art collections (old masters to early 20th century) of the city of Paris.

Place: Lobby of Petit Palais avenue Winston Churchill 75008.
Métro: Champs-Elysées- Clemenceau (lines 1, 13).

Time: 10:45 for 11 am start. Please bring 2,50 € in exact change for our group reservation.

 

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Thursday 2 March, 10:30am - 12 noon: Vermeer and the Dutch Genre Painters

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Musée du Louvre (22 Feb. - 22 May) with Chris Boïcos.

Organized in partnership with the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the exhibition will present some of Vermeer’s greatest worksThe Milkmaid, The Lacemaker, Young Woman with Pearls - next to those of his celebrated contemporaries: Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Caspar Netscher, and Frans van Mieris. Rather than isolating Vermeer as a unique creative genius of his time, the exhibition brings to light Vermeer’s membership in a network of painters specializing in the depiction of everyday life while admiring, inspiring, and vying with each other. Although they were painting in different cities of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, their pictures show marked similarities of style, subject, composition, and technique. It is through his knowledge of his fellow painters and in attempt to surpass them that Vermeer honed in the end the technical skills and artistic vision we so admire today.

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 58257)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps).

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am.

 

 

Thursday 9 March, 10:30am - 12 noon: From Zurbaran to Rothko – The Alicia Koplowitz Collection

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André (3 Mar. - 10 July) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Alicia Koplowitz is a Spanish business woman and president of the investment fund Grupo Omega Capital which was founded in 1998. She is also well known for her foundation helping patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. Her group has over time bought many major pictures by old and modern masters of which 52 are on show to the public for the first time in the current exhibition. This is a unique opportunity to study little seen masterpieces by Zurbarán, Tiepolo, Canaletto, Guardi and Goya next to modern works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso, Van Dongen, Modigliani, Schiele, de Staël, Freud and Rothko as well as sculptures by Giacometti, Louise Bourgeois and Germaine Richier.

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 58257)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps).

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am.

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Thursday 16 March, 10:30 – 12 noon:  Valentin de Boulogne - Reinventing Caravaggio

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Musée du Louvre (22 Feb. - 22 May) with Chris Boïcos.


The greatest French follower of Caravaggio (1571–1610), Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632) was also one of the outstanding artists in 17th-century Europe. In the years following Caravaggio’s death, he emerged as one of the most original protagonists of the new, naturalistic painting. Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio is the first monographic exhibition devoted to this artist who is little known because his career was short-lived—he died at age 41—and his works are so rare. Valentin’s most frequent subjects are scenes of merriment, with music-making, drinking, and fortune-telling—themes associated with Caravaggesque painting, but treated in a hauntingly reflective fashion, as though meditations on the transience of the pleasures of life. Around 60 paintings by Valentin survive, and this exhibition will bring together 45 of them, with works coming from Rome, Vienna, Munich, Madrid, London, and New York. The exhibition first opened last fall at the Metropolitan Museum of New York.

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 58257)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps).

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am.

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Thursday 23 March 3 – 4:45 pm: Jardins (The Garden in Art)

Visit to the exhibition (15 Mar. - 24 July) at the Grand Palais

 

Dürer, Fragonard, David, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse, Magritte, are only a few of the artists featured in this multidisciplinary show – which includes sculptures, photographs, drawings, film but also real plants and soil - tracing the history of the garden from the Renaissance to modern times with a highly original scenography. Twenty two thousand gardens in France are today listed as being of major historical or botanical interest. The Grand Palais exhibition attempts to study and define the French fascination with garden creation by tracing its evolution and presenting the conceptual, philosophical scientific and aesthetic roots of the garden as an idea. In our visit we will most particularly focus on artists’ interpretation of the garden through history as a place for celebration, pleasure, love-making,  and also melancholy contemplation of the transience of all things.

 

Place: Grand Palais, avenue du General Eisenhower 75008.  Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1, 13) Time: 2:45 for 3pm start. Please Bring 16€ for ticket and 2€ for the earphones (18€ total) in exact change. Meet in front of steps to exhibition.

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Thursday 30 March, 10:30am - 12 noon: Olga Picasso

Slide lecture on the exhibition (21 Mar. - 3 Sep.) at the Musée Picasso with Chris Boïcos.

Olga Khokhlova was born in the Ukraine in 1891, daughter of a Russian colonel. In 1912, she entered the prestigious Russian Ballet company directed by Serge Diaghilev. She met Pablo Picasso in Rome, in 1917, where he was working on the sets and costumes of the first “Cubist” ballet, Parade (music by Erik Satie, script by Jean Cocteau, choreography by Léonide Massine). On July 12, 1918, the couple married in the Russian Orthodox Church of the rue Daru in Paris with Jean Cocteau, Max Jacob, and Guillaume Apollinaire as witnesses. Olga became the perfect model for Picasso’s classical period, portrayed in an elegant linear style reminiscent of Ingres. After the birth of their first child, Paulo in 1921, she also became the inspiration for numerous maternity scenes, compositions bathed in innocent softness. This style corresponds to Picasso’s new fascination with antique and Renaissance art discovered in Italy. Olga’s image in Picasso’s art was completely transformed after Picasso’s fateful meeting with his youngest mistress the 17-year old Marie-Thérèse Walter in 1925.  His last major portrayal of Olga, Le Grand nu au fauteuil rouge, (1929) is a brutal image of pain and distortion. The couple separated in 1935 but never divorced. Olga died in 1955.  A wealth of major paintings, drawings and photographs, many lent by the Picasso family, trace the fascinating relationship between Picasso and his first wife and major muse.

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 58257)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps).

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am.

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Thursday 20 April, 10 – 11:45 am: Camille Pissarro – First of the Impressionists

Visit to the exhibition (23 Feb. - 2 July)  at the Musée Marmottan

 

This is the first retrospective exhibition of the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) in France in 36 years. 75 major works cover all periods and aspects of Pissarro’s career. Pissarro was the oldest and most generous of the Impressionist painters, the only Jewish member of the group and a life-long anarchist and radical. He mentored both Paul Cézanne – who called him le premier des impressionistes – and Paul Gauguin, inspired Georges Seurat and befriended Paul Signac joining the Neo-Impressionist artists against the wishes of his old companions Monet and Renoir. His life-long passion was depicting the countryside and the peasants near his home in the vicinity of Pontoise, though towards the end of his life he was also celebrated for his famous views of the Paris boulevards and his early paintings of the London suburbs. This is a unique opportunity to study the works of one of the greatest members of the original Impressionist group.

 

Place: Meet by entrance of Musée Marmottan - 2, rue Louis Boilly 75016

Métro: La Muette (line 9).

Time: 9:45 for 10 am entry. Please bring 7,50 € in exact change for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (total of 9,50 €)

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Thursday 27 April 12:30pm – 2:15pm: Rodin – Centenary Exhibition

Visit to the exhibition (22 Mar. - 31 July) at the Grand Palais with Chris Boïcos.

 

To mark the centenary of his death, the Musée Rodin and Réunion des musées nationaux are joining forces to celebrate Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The exhibition reveals Rodin’s creative universe, his relationship with his audience and the way in which other sculptors have appropriated his style. Featuring over 200 of Rodin’s works, it also includes sculptures and drawings by Bourdelle, Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, and more contemporary artists like Joseph Beuys, Baselitz and Gormley, shedding new light on the influence the most famous French sculptor of the late 19th century had on modern sculpture through several generations.

Place: Grand Palais, avenue du General Eisenhower 75008.  Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1, 13) Time: 12 :15 for 12 :30 pm start. Please Bring 16€ for ticket and 2€ for the earphones (18€ total) in exact change. Meet in front of steps to exhibition.

 

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Course Fee: 150 € for 8 sessions, 135 € for 7 sessions, 120 € for 6 sessions, 100 € for 5 sessions, or 25 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees.

You can sign up for individual sessions or a series by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

or by calling Chris Boïcos on +33 (0) 686 58 98 09 and by sending a check made out to “Chris Boïcos” to Chris Boïcos, 14 boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. Museum fees are additional to course fees.

Please register for classes in advance to ensure that group visits are not full.

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Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis,  or République exit 6: boulevard Saint-Martin (lines 8, 9 - fewer steps)

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