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Zoom Lectures, June 2020

 

       Thursday 4 June, 5- 6:40 pm, Paris time

        Story of an Odd Couple I: 

        Van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles 

 

On October 23, 1888 Paul Gauguin at last arrived in Arles to stay with his friend Vincent van Gogh who had moved to the small provincial town in Provence in February of that year. For months Vincent had been writing to Gauguin urging him and his young friend in Brittany, the artist Emile Bernard, to join him in the Midi. Vincent’s dream was to found in the south a colony of like-minded creative artists working in harmony with each other in the splendid nature and light he had discovered in Arles.

The two months the two artists spent together living and working together in Vincent’s “little yellow house” will be the subject of our lecture. We will analyze the personal and artistic relationship between the two masters and how their inner demons, personalities and deeply held beliefs about what art should be, led to the dramatic clash of 23 December that ended with the celebrated truncation of Vincent’s right earlobe.

Despite their disagreements both artists absorbed much from each other, so that the intensity of their artistic and emotional dialogue yielded in the end the styles and artistic attitudes that would in the future have the greatest impact on the evolution of modern art.

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Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Thursday 4 June

Time: 5-6:40 pm French time

Fee: 15 €

Payment Instructions (please let me know which your prefer):

1. Payment after reception of an invoice on 1 June for several lectures by any of the methods below.

2. By credit card via SUMUP if you send me your cell number for the transaction link.

As soon as payment goes through please send me the last 4 digits of your credit card which enable me to identify you.

3. By PayPal to this link: Chris Boicos Fine Arts

4. By transfer if you have a European account to:

Chris Boicos Fine Arts

BIC : CMCIFRPP          IBAN : FR76 3006 6100 1100 0103 7760 182     

Bank : CIC Paris République, 201 rue de Temple 75003 Paris

Please quote your name in the transfer information.

You will be receiving the Zoom meeting details as soon as you send me an email notice of the transaction. 

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        Monday 8 June, 5- 6:40 pm, Paris time 

         Story of an Odd Couple II:

         Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt

The American painter Mary Cassatt (1844–1926), who had settled in Paris in 1874, first met Edgar Degas (1834–1917) in 1877 when he invited her to participate with the impressionists at their next exhibition. Cassatt stated that her first encounter with Degas’s art “changed my life,” while Degas, upon seeing Cassatt’s art for the first time, reputedly remarked, “there is someone who feels as I do.” It was this shared sensibility as much as Cassatt’s talent that drew Degas’s attention.

The affinity between the two artists is undeniable. Both were realists who drew their inspiration from the human figure and the depiction of modern life. 
Both were highly educated, known for their intelligence and wit, and from well-to-do banking families. They were peers, moving in the same social and intellectual circles.

Over the next decade, the two artists – neither of whom ever married - engaged in an intense dialogue, turning to each other for advice and challenging each other to experiment with materials and techniques. Their admiration and support for each other endured long after their art began to head in different directions: Degas continued to acquire Cassatt’s work, while she promoted his to collectors back in the United States. They remained devoted friends for forty years, until Degas’s death in 1917.

In our lecture we will focus on the two artist’s exchanges and collaboration, particularly in printmaking, but also on their respective images of family and women, the way that Cassatt’s uniquely American perspective and identity tallies with Degas’ profoundly French sensibility of culture and class.

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Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Monday 8 June

Time: 5-6:40 pm French time

Fee: 15 €

Payment Instructions (please let me know which your prefer):

1. Payment after reception of an invoice on 1 July for several lectures by any of the methods below.

2. By credit card via SUMUP if you send me your cell number for the transaction link.

As soon as payment goes through please send me the last 4 digits of your credit card which enable me to identify you.

3. By PayPal to this link: Chris Boicos Fine Arts

4. By transfer if you have a European account to:

Chris Boicos Fine Arts

BIC : CMCIFRPP          IBAN : FR76 3006 6100 1100 0103 7760 182     

Bank : CIC Paris République, 201 rue de Temple 75003 Paris

Please quote your name in the transfer information.

You will be receiving the Zoom meeting details as soon as you send me an email notice of the transaction.

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         Thursday 11 June, 5- 6:40 pm, Paris time 

The Stories of Berthe and Eva

Édouard Manet met the future Impressionist painter, Berthe Morisot, while copying Old Master paintings at the Louvre in 1868. Between their meeting and her marriage to his brother, Eugène Manet, in 1874 he painted six portraits of her, a testimony to the great fascination her looks and personality exercised on him.

The painter Eva Gonzalès, who came from a bourgeois Spanish family settled in Paris, was introduced to Manet by their mutual friend the Belgian artist, Alfred Stevens. She entered Manet’s studio as a pupil in 1869 immediately provoking the jealousy of Berthe Morisot. She went on to a remarkable artistic career cut short by her early death in 1883. Unlike Berthe Morisot, but like Manet, she never exhibited with the Impressionist group.

The story of Manet’s relationship with these two women artists, to whom he was intimately linked, will be the subject of our next lecture. We will be analyzing key pictures by all three artists as well as portraits by their mutual friend and one-time suitor of Berthe, Edgar Degas.

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Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Thursday 11 June

Time: 5-5:40 pm French time

Fee: 15 €

Payment Instructions (please let me know which your prefer):

1. Payment after reception of an invoice on 1 June for several lectures by any of the methods below.

2. By credit card via SUMUP if you send me your cell number for the transaction link.

As soon as payment goes through please send me the last 4 digits of your credit card which enable me to identify you.

3. By PayPal to this link: Chris Boicos Fine Arts

4. By transfer if you have a European account to:

Chris Boicos Fine Arts

BIC : CMCIFRPP          IBAN : FR76 3006 6100 1100 0103 7760 182     

Bank : CIC Paris République, 201 rue de Temple 75003 Paris

Please quote your name in the transfer information.

You will be receiving the Zoom meeting details as soon as you send me an email notice of the transaction.

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