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September-October 2016

 

The History of Paris – Architecture, Urbanism, Society

Part 1: Late Medieval and Renaissance Paris - From François I to Henri IV.

 

The civilization of the Italian Renaissance was first introduced to the French royal court by the great Valois king François I (1494-1547). His two most famous architectural creations were the Louvre palace in Paris and the royal hunting château of Fontainebleau that gave its name to the new art and architecture of the era. His son and the second great Renaissance King of France, was Henri II (1547-1559) who married Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) from Florence. His mistress was the highly cultivated Diane de Poitiers who used the classical goddess Diana as her personal symbol. After Henri’s sudden death in a jousting tournament, Catherine oversaw the successive and unlucky reigns of her three sons François II, Charles IX and Henri III. Charles IX presided over the infamous St Bartholomew night massacre of Protestants in Paris in 1572 dying shortly after in a state of madness and delirium. Henri III, his brother and successor was killed by a fanatical monk in 1589. None of Catherine’s sons had legitimate male children so the crown passed on to their cousin the Protestant duke of Bourbon Henri IV ushering in a new era of French history. We will study the gradual shift in Paris architecture from the dominant Gothic style of the early 16th century to a new distinctively French Renaissance style in royal palaces and aristocratic “hotels particuliers” by the 1550’s. We will also outline the impact of Italian and Netherlandish painting on Paris religious art and portraiture, ending with the shift to the Baroque era around 1600 and the birth of a distinctively rationalist and centralized architectural style for the Paris of the first Bourbon king, Henri IV.

 

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

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


Friday 16 Sep. – Slide lecture – Paris at the dawn of the Renaissance: The Gothic heritage and François I.

 

Friday 23 Sep. – Visit – From hôtel de Sens to hôtel Carnavalet, Medieval and Renaissance architecture in the Marais. Meet exit of Métro Pont-Marie at 10:20 am (line 7)

 

Friday 30 Sep. – Slide lecture – Renaissance Paris: Henri II, Catherine de Medici, her sons and the Wars of Religion.

 

Friday  7  Oct.  – Visit – The Renaissance Louvre.  

Meet by information desk beneath Pyramid with ticket in hand at 10:15 am. Métro: Palais-Royal Louvre.

 

Friday  14  Oct. – Slide lecture – The advent of the Bourbons. Paris Under Henri IV.

 

Friday  21  Oct.  – Visit – The Marais, residential and aristocratic architecture in the early 17th century.

Meet 10:20 am place des Vosges by statue of Louis XIII. Closest Métro: Saint Paul (line 1).

 

Friday  28  Oct.  – Visit – Musée du Louvre.  The Rubens cycle of Marie de Medici and the apartments of Anne of Austria.  Meet by information desk beneath Pyramid with ticket in hand at 10:15 am. Métro: Palais-Royal Louvre.

 

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, 1993.

 

Course Fee: 130 € for the 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. 

 

Paris Special Exhibitions and City Walks

   

Thursday 22 Sep. 10:30 – 12:15 noon: Intimate Rembrandt

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André (16 Sep. 2016 – 23 Jan. 2017) with Chris Boïcos.

 

As the uncontested master of Dutch art in the 17th century, Rembrandt is one of the greatest artists of all time. Unusually for his period, Rembrandt frequently used as models figures from his inner circle: his wife Saskia, his last mistress Hendrickje Stoffels, his son Titus as well as himself, creating in the process the most penetrating psychological portraits of the Baroque era.

In the current exhibition the three key works in the museum collection acquired by Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart - The Pilgrims at Emmaus (1629), Princess Amalia van Solms (1632), Doctor Arnold Tholinx (1656) - are complemented by 50 paintings, engravings, and drawings of the same periods borrowed from major international collections: New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, the National Gallery of London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Musée du Louvre, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.   The exhibition retraces the artist’s stylistic development by highlighting the intimate side of his creative process linking his art to his life and personal relationships.

 

Place: Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 boulevard Haussmann 75008. Meet outside main entrance.

Métro: Miromesnil (lines 9, 13).

Time: Meet 10:15 for 10:30 am entry. Please bring 14,50 € in for exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (16,50 €  total) in exact change.

 

Thursday 29 Sep. 10 – 11:30 am: Hodler, Monet, Munch

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Marmottan (15 Sep. 2016 – 22 Jan. 2017) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Ferdinand Hodler, Claude Monet and Edvard Munch can be considered the greatest modern masters of their respective countries – Switzerland, France, Norway - at the turn of the 20th century.  Though their art is firmly rooted in the 19th century they each moved beyond it after 1900 as can be seen in the stylistic development of their late work and the remarkable length of their careers, ending in 1918 for Hodler, 1926 for Monet and 1944 for Munch. Both Hodler and Munch were inspired in their search for the depiction of sunlight and their use of brilliant color by Monet, but all three moved beyond the Impressionism of the 1870’s and 1880’s into artistic territories affected by the Post-Impressionist, Symbolist and Expressionist currents of the 1890s and early 1900s. The sixty pictures of the current exhibition reveal a rich variety of themes and styles creating unsuspected relationships and bridges between the three masters. This is an intriguingly fresh look on the art of three of the most famous artists of their time.

 

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 11 € in exact change for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (13 €  total) in exact change.

 

Thursday 6 Oct. 10:15 – 11:45 am:

Edmé Bouchardon (1698-1764), a Sublime Idea of Beauty

Visit to the exhibition (14 Sep. – 5 Dec.)  at the Musée du Louvre with Chris Boïcos.

An exceptional retrospective of one of the great French sculptors of the 18th century.

 

The Musée du Louvre and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles pay tribute to Edmé Bouchardon, the renowned French sculptor and draftsman, who was considered in his own time one of the greatest artists of the 18th century. The son of an architect-sculptor, he trained at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris before spending a productive period at the French Academy in Rome (1723–32). Summoned back to France under Louis XV, he quickly received a studio and lodgings at the Louvre, was accepted into the Royal Academy in 1735, and became first sculptor to the King. Listed in the Encyclopédie—Diderot and d’Alembert’s encyclopedic dictionary of the sciences, arts, and trades—as the heir of the great Puget and Girardon, Bouchardon was regarded by his contemporaries as the advocate of artistic renewal, “the greatest sculptor and the best draftsman of his century” (Cochin). This is the first major retrospective of Bouchardon’s oeuvre ever held and is a unique opportunity for specialists and the public to assess this great sculptor’s style in its perfect balance between classical influence and naturalism.

 

Place: Meet near information desk inside Louvre Pyramid.

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

Time: 10 am for 10:15 start. Please buy your own exhibition ticket. A museum membership card of les Amis du Louvre is highly recommended to avoid the long queues.

 

Thursday 13 Oct. 10:30 –12 noon:  René Magritte, the Treachery of Images

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (21 Sep. 2016 – 23 Jan. 2017) with Chris Boïcos.

 

The Belgian artist René Magritte (1898-1967) is one of the best painters to emerge form the Surrealist movement of the 1920’s and 1930’s. This is his first major retrospective in France since 1979, bringing together 100 works from museum collections across the world. Magritte’s distinctive trompe l’oeil style is both playful and sinister in the way that it distorts banal reality and questions both visually and philosophically our perceptions of the world. The current exhibition examines the principles that underlie his secretive and symbolic visual language by organizing the paintings according to key themes: Fire, Shadows, Curtains, Words and the Segmented Body. A wonderful opportunity to re-discover the works of one of the most enigmatic and entertaining masters of the 20th century.

 

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 56453)

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 20 Oct. 6 – 7:45 pm:

Mexico 1900 – 1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco...

Visit to the exhibition at the Grand Palais (5 Oct. 2016 – 23 Jan. 2017) with Chris Boïcos.

 

This is undoubtedly the richest and most complete exhibition ever organized in Europe on the birth of Mexican modern art. Organized in partnership between the French National museum administration, the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and the National Mexican Museum of Art it is divided into four distinct sections. The first juxtaposes local Mexican traditions and academic art in the 19th century and their continuation in the Mexican School of paining and Sculpture directed by José Vasconcelos in the 1920s to the first impact of French Modernism imported into Mexico from Paris notably by Diego Rivera. The second concerns the impact of the Mexican Revolution on art with the development of an ideological art and that of the great political murals of the 1920s and 1930s by Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco. Beyond the works of Rivera’s famous companion, Frida Kahlo, the exhibition also focuses on the experimental work of the other Mexican women artists and photographers of the period, liberated by the new political and artistic currents: Nahui Olin, Rosa Rolanda, Tina Modotti and Lola Álvarez Bravo. The third section traces an alternative magical Mexican tradition incarnated by the hallucinatory masks of Germán Cueto, the enigmatic portraits of Robert Montenegro and the abstractions of Gerardo Murillo and RufinoTamayo. The fourth and final section considers the work of Mexican artists living in the USA like Marius de Zayas and Miguel Covarrubias and their relationship with US artists like Leonora Carrington and Alice Rahon as well as the impact of the Mexican muralists on institutional painting in the US in the 1930s in Los Angeles and Detroit.

Place: Group and cardholders entrance outside exhibition at the Grand Palais.

Métro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (lines 1 and 13).

Time: 5:40 for 6 pm entry. Please bring 15 € for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the earphones, (17 €  total) in exact change.

 

Thursday 27 Oct. 11:15 – 12:45 pm:

Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) – The Intimate Circle

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Luxembourg (14 Sep. 2016 – 12 Feb. 2017)  with Chris Boïcos.

 

This is the first major retrospective exhibition of the great French realist painter of the 19th century since 1982. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) was a close friend of Gustave Courbet, James Whistler, Edouard Manet and Berthe Morisot  in his youth and a key figure of the Paris avant gardes of the 1860s and 1870s.  Beyond his meticulous still lives and famous group portraits of artists, writers and musicians the show also focuses on his lesser known paintings based on myth, fantasy and Wagner’s operas. His romantic youthful self-portraits as well as the penetrating portraits of his wife, Victoria Dubourg, his fascinating sister in law, Charlotte, and their parents add a rich psychological dimension to his oeuvre.

 

Place: Outside entrance of Musée du Luxembourg  19 rue de Vaugirard 75006.

Métro : Saint-Sulpice (line 4) or Odéon (lines 4 and 6).

Time: 11 for 11:15 am entry. Please bring 12 € for the exhibition ticket and 2€ for the headphones (14 € total) in exact change .

 

Course Fee: 130 € for the 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.

 

And in November-December:

 

Thursday 10 Nov. 10:30 – 12 noon (time to be confirmed):

America after the Fall: Paintings from the 1930s

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie with Chris Boïcos.

 

Thursday 17 Nov. 10:30 – 12 noon (time to be confirmed):

The Color Line, Afro-American Artists and Segregation in the U.S.A.

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée du Quai de Branly with Chris Boïcos.

 

Thursday 24 Nov. 11:30 am – 1:15 pm:

Oscar Wilde, Absolute Impertinence

Visit to the exhibition at the Petit Palais with Chris Boïcos.

 

Tuesday 29 Nov. 9:30 – 11 am:

Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870). The Youth of Impressionism.

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay with Chris Boïcos.

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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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