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Paris Art Studies  - January - February 2017

 

The History of Paris – Architecture, Urbanism, Society

Part 3: Paris under Louis XIV I

 

Louis XIV, the “Sun King” is undoubtedly the greatest royal figure in French History. His long reign (72 years) dominated his era, which came to be known as the “Grand Siècle”. This course will trace the youth of the great King marked by the presence of his mother, Anne of Austria, his first great minister Cardinal Mazarin and the Fronde the last rebellion of the French against royal authority before the Revolution. The death of Mazarin in 1661 signals the beginning of Louis’ personal government (“l’état c’est moi”) and the period of his great building projects including the new Louvre, the Chateau de Versailles and the Hotel des Invalides. The creation of the royal academies, the Gobelins manufacture and the rise of the “Grand Style” favored by the King’s first painter Charles Le Brun, provide the magnificent cultural and artistic background to the reign from 1661 to 1680. Love, after war, building and hunting, was the other great pastime of the King and we will examine his romantic relationships with the official royal mistresses, notably the beautiful Louise de La Vallière and the resplendent Athénais de Montespan.

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

Coffee and tea served at gallery sessions between 10:00 and 10:30am.
Friday 20 Jan. – Slide lecture – The youth of the sun King. Anne of Austria, Mazarin, Fouquet, the Queen and early loves.

Friday 27 Jan. – Musée de Louvre – Charles Le Brun and the Royal Academy of Art. Meet 10:15 am under the Pyramid next to auditorium entrance with ticket in hand.

Friday 3  Feb.  – Slide lecture – Versailles! The king governs on his own, 1661-1680.

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).

 

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: 80 € for the 4 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  

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

 

Tuesday 17 January. 12:15 – 1:45pm: The Spirit of the Bauhaus

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée des art décoratifs (until 26 Feb. 2017) with Chris Boïcos.

 

This major exhibition brings together 900 exceptional objects illustrating the story of one of the great design centers of the 20th century, the Bauhaus school established in Germany after WWI in Weimar before moving to Dessau in the famous complex designed by Walter Gropius. Many of the best international architects, artists, designers and photographers of the 1920s - Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feiniger, Johannes Itten, László Moholy Nagy, Josef Albers, Theo Van Doesburg, Oskar Schlemmer, Marcel Breuer, Theodor Bogler, Gunta Stölzl, Marianne Brandt, Herbert Bayer, Walter Peterhans, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe - collaborated in this extraordinary enterprise and Utopian project, until Hitler put an end to it in 1933. The repercussions of the Bauhaus can be felt across European and American architecture and design right up to 1940 and had a great influence on the purist and experimental designs of the 1950s and 60s that are currently again in fashion.

 

Place: Musée des Art Décoratifs, 107, rue de Rivoli 75001. Meet in lobby.

Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7).

Time: 12 for 12:15 pm entry. Please bring 11 € for exhibition ticket in exact change.

 

 

Thursday 26 Jan. 11am – 12:30 pm:

Albert Besnard and the modernity of the Belle Epoque

Visit to the exhibition at the Petit Palais (until 29 Jan. 2017) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Albert Besnard (1849-1934) was in his time the most widely recognized official painter in France: Member of the Academy in 1912, director of the French Academy in Rome from 1913 to 1921, director of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris from 1922 to 1932, he also received the great honor of a national funeral at this death in 1934. Largely forgotten with the triumph of Modernism after WWII, this exhibition is an attempt to revive his fortunes and rediscover his exceptional talents. His art has its roots in late 19c Symbolism and is notable, even in his most official work, for its energy, exuberance and vivacious coloring much influenced by Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau.  200 key works including his famous dome painting of the Petit Palais, in which images of elegant Belle Epoque beauties and the female nude figure prominently, illustrate a long and illustrious career. His art also traces, in a fascinating manner, the official story of the French Third Republic at the height of France’s power and international reputation before the disaster of 1940.

 

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 11 €  in exact change for museum ticket . We have 10 pre-bought group tickets.

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Thursday 2 February 10:30 –12 noon:  Icons of Modern Art – the Shchukin Collection

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Fondation Vuitton (until 12 Feb. 2017) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Sergei Shchukin was an immensely wealthy late 19th-century Russian textile manufacturer from Moscow. He began collecting modern art on a trip to Paris in 1897, and by 1914 the walls of his palatial house in Moscow were crammed, frame to frame, with more than 250 masterpieces of French and Russian modern painting. The most celebrated are undoubtedly the great mural decorationsThe Red Interior, Conversation, Music, Dance, The Pink Studio - he commissioned from Henri Matisse between 1908-14. After the Bolshevik Revolution, his collection was confiscated by the Russian state and divided up between the Hermitage (St Petersburg) and Pushkin (Moscow) museums. For the first time since they were divided, 135 works from the collection have been brought together for an exceptional retrospective curated by Ann Baldessari at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The exhibition retraces the genesis of the collection from 1890 to 1914 and proposes a comparison between the works of the modern French masters and those by Russian avant-garde painters like Kasimir Malevich. Matisse’s restored but very fragile masterpiece, The Pink Studi,o is being shown outside Russia for the first time since it left France in 1911. Masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, Derain and more complete this wondrous exhibition.

 

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 February 11:30 – 1 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.  In our visit we will concentrate on the 19th century pictures, with some very fine examples by Salon artists like Bouguereau  and Fernand Pelez, including Clairin’s celebrated portrait of Sarah Bernhardt. The collection also houses great pictures by modern 19c masters like Daumier, Cézanne, , Monet, Sisley, Cassatt , Bonnard  and Maurice Denis and best of all Gustave Courbet, two of whose most notorious pictures, Sleep, and Demoiselles au bord de la Seine are here.

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

Time: 11:15 for 11:30 am start. Please bring 2,50 € in exact change for our group reservation.

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Course Fee: 80 € for 4 sessions, 60 € for 3 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  

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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Coming up in March and April 2017:

 

Wednesday 1 March, 5 – 7:30 pm: Vermeer and the Dutch Genre Painters

At the Musée du Louvre (22 Feb. - 22 May)

 

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)

 

Wednesday 15 March, 5 – 7:30 pm:  Valentin de Boulogne - Reinventing Caravaggio

At the Musée du Louvre (22 Feb. - 22 May)

 

Thursday 23 March: The Garden in Art (date and time to be confirmed)

At the Grand Palais (15 Mar. - 24 July)

 

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

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

 

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

At the Musée Marmottan (23 Feb. - 2 July)

 

Thursday 27 April: Rodin – Centenary Exhibition (date and time to be confirmed)

At the Grand Palais (22 Mar. - 31 July)

 

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Paris Art Studies at the home of Chris Boïcos

14, boulevard Saint-Martin. 6th floor (building code: 58257)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9)

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

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