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Zoom Lectures - November 2020

        

Tuesday 24 November

Conclusion: The Battle for Modern Art in Second Empire Paris, 1848-1870

 

Please see a description of this lecture below: Thursday 12 November

Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Tuesday 24 November

Time: 6-7:30 pm French time

Fee: This lecture is free 

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Monday 23 November

The Story of Gwen John (1876-1939) 

Gwen John is by many measures one the great painters of the early 20th century, but little known outside of Great Britain. In her lifetime her own career suffered by comparison to that of her flamboyant, Bohemian and very successful brother, the painter Augustus John.

Though she studied at the Slade School in London (the only art school that admitted women in the 1890s) most of her artistic career was, in fact, spent in France where she arrived in 1903. Having to model for artists to make ends meet in Paris, she met and fell passionately in love with the most famous French artist of the day, the sculptor Auguste Rodin.

During her years in Paris she met many of the leading artistic personalities of her time, including Matisse, Picasso, Brancusi and Rainer Maria Rilke. But the new developments in the art of her time had little effect on her, and she worked in solitude. Her beautifully drawn and delicately painted portraits of herself and young models with cats have an intimate feeling and poignant subtlety unmatched by any artist of her time.

In our lecture we will follow the evolution of her art and life from the beginning of her art career in London in the 1890s through her years in Paris and Meudon, to her tragic death, ill and alone, in a hospital in Dieppe just after the outbreak of war in September 1939. 

 

Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Monday 23 November

Time: 5-6:30 pm French time

Fee: 15 €

Payment Instructions: 

Please let me know which your prefer and please state the name or date of the lecture you wish to attend:

1. Payment after reception of an invoice on 30 September 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 on the SUMUP system.

3. By PayPal indicating the date of the lecture to this link:

https://www.paypal.me/AMKEFriendsofPaxos

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 12 November

The Battle for Modern Art in Second Empire Paris, 1848-1870

The period between the revolution of 1848, followed by the advent of Napoleon III’s Second Empire in 1851 and its dramatic fall in 1870 is one of the most exciting for the history of French art.

In our lecture we will present the principal institutions of French art of the era, the Academy, the Paris École des Beaux-Arts and the annual Paris Salon. We will see how the artistic traditions and styles these institutions championed were increasingly challenged by the new artists of the period beginning with Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet and Henri Fantin-Latour and finishing with the rise of the future Impressionist group – Degas, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Bazille and Cézanne - in the later 1860s.

We will see how the Salons and the art exhibitions the two Paris World’s fairs of the era - 1855 and 1867 - served as important showcases for the major artists of the Second Empire and their challengers. The pictures of many of the Salon artists we will be analyzing are also on view at the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre and they include major works by Ingres, Couture, Chassériau, Cabanel and Meissonier.

 

Place: Zoom lecture
Date: Thursday 12 November
Time: 6-7:30 pm French time
Fee: 15 €
Payment Instructions: 
Please let me know which your prefer and please state the name or date of the lecture you wish to attend:
1. Payment after reception of an invoice on 30 September 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 on the SUMUP system.
3. By PayPal indicating the date of the lecture to this link: 
https://www.paypal.me/AMKEFriendsofPaxos
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 receive the Zoom meeting details as soon as you send me an email notice of the transaction.  

 

Monday 9 November

In Praise of Painting - Dutch Masterpieces at the Met 

 

Dutch paintings of the 17th century —the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer—have been a highlight of The Met collection since the Museum's founding purchase in 1871. This exhibition brings together some of the Museum's greatest paintings to present this remarkable chapter of art history in a new light. Through 67 works of art organized thematically, In Praise of Painting orients visitors to key issues in 17th century Dutch culture—from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painters' fascination with the domestic lives of women.

In our lecture we will focus on the division of Dutch painting into distinctive genres: Still Life, Landscape, Marines, Cityscape, Portraiture, Domestic scenes, History and Religious painting. We will see how taken together they offer a complete vision of Dutch society and its values in a manner that was absolutely unique in European art of the 17th century.

Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Monday 9 November

Time: 5-6:40 pm French time

Fee: 15 €

Payment Instructions 

Please let me know which your prefer and please state the name or date of the lecture you wish to attend:

1. Payment after reception of an invoice on 30 September 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 on the SUMUP system.

3. By PayPal indicating the date of the lecture to this link: 

https://www.paypal.me/AMKEFriendsofPaxos

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 receive the Zoom meeting details as soon as you send me an email notice of the transaction. 

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Monday 2 November

Aubrey Beardsley 

 

Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) shocked and delighted late-Victorian London with his sinuous black and white drawings in which he explored the erotic and the elegant, the humorous and grotesque.

The exhibition covers Beardsley’s intense and prolific career as a draughtsman and illustrator, cut short by his untimely death from tuberculosis at the age of 25. Beardsley’s charismatic persona played a part in the phenomenon that he and his art generated, so much so that the 1890s were dubbed the ‘Beardsley Period’ in England. All of the notorious illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s “Salomé” and Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata” are on view as well as the romantic Pre-Raphaelite-style illustrations for Malory’s “La Mort Darthur”.

Originating at Tate-Britain this is the largest display of Beardsley’s original drawings in Europe since the seminal 1966 exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, which triggered a Beardsley revival in the late ‘60s.

Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Monday 2 November

Time: 5-6:40 pm French time

Fee: 15 €

Payment Instructions 

Please let me know which your prefer and please state the name or date of the lecture you wish to attend:

1. Payment after reception of an invoice on 30 September 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 on the SUMUP system.

3. By PayPal indicating the date of the lecture to this link: 

https://www.paypal.me/AMKEFriendsofPaxos

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 receive the Zoom meeting details as soon as you send me an email notice of the transaction. 

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Thursday 29 October

Man and his Women: The Stories of Kiki, Berenice and Lee

Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky) arrived in Paris from New York in 1921. His best French friend in New York was the founder of the New York Dada movement, the notorious Marcel Duchamp with whom he had been collaborating since they had met in 1917. In Paris, however, he quickly switched from experimental but unsaleable avant-garde art objects to the more profitable field of photography. Man Ray quickly became one of the most popular portrait photographers of the “années folles” – the jazz age – in Paris and photographed nearly all of the French and Anglo-American celebrities of the art and literary worlds of the 1920s and 1930s.  In our lecture we will concentrate on his relationships with the three most important women of his Paris career: his lover and “it girl” of Bohemian Paris, Kiki de Montparnasse, his first studio assistant and future rival, the New York photographer Berenice Abbott, and the classic American beauty of the 1930s - model, lover and photographer - Lee Miller.

Through his portrayals of the three women we will see how Man Ray forged three different but essential visions of the “new” woman of the 1920s and 1930s. His photos emphasize the sense of radical transformation, new-found freedom and liberated sexuality that Paris represented for many women escaping their homes and families in the post-WWI era. From nearly one hundred years ago Kiki, Berenice and Lee remain iconic representations of the type of free woman that so many conservatives are still fighting against today. 

Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Thursday 29 October

Time: 5-6:40 pm French time

Fee: 15 €

Payment Instructions 

Please let me know which your prefer and please state the name or date of the lecture you wish to attend:

1. Payment after reception of an invoice on 30 September 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 on the SUMUP system.

3. By PayPal indicating the date of the lecture to this link: 

https://www.paypal.me/AMKEFriendsofPaxos

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 receive the Zoom meeting details as soon as you send me an email notice of the transaction. 

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Monday 26 October

Giorgio de Chirico and La Pintura Metafísica

 

The Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) was born in Greece where his father worked as railway engineer. Greek light and classical culture but also the German Symbolism fashionable at the turn of the 20th century affected his early artistic experiments alongside his younger brother, Alberto Savinio. As a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 1906, he discovered the writings of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer as well as the works of Arnold Böcklin and Max Klinger. After Milan and Florence, it was in Paris, in the autumn of 1911, that he established his unique visual vocabulary after discovering French Cubism. De Chirico was quickly taken up by numerous art critics and writers of the time: Guillaume Apollinaire, Maurice Raynal, André Salmon, André Breton, Paul Éluard and Jean Paulhan were among the first to discover and  promote his art. Paul Guillaume, whose collection is displayed at the Orangerie museum in Paris was his first art dealer.

On his return to Italy in 1915, de Chirico and his brother Savinio were incorporated into the Italian army at Ferrara where both continued their artistic experiments. It is in this Renaissance city of endless arcades and rectilinear architectural perspectives that de Chirico and Savinio met and had a great impact on the young painters Carlo Carrà and Giorgio Morandi.  An entirely new Italian modern style was born of the encounter which came to be known as “La Pintura Metafísica”, or “Metaphysical Painting”. The strange figures and fragments that populate the dream-like spaces of de Chirico's works are fundamental also for the future development of Surrealist painting, notably the art of Max Ernst, René Magritte and Salvador Dali.  

 

Place: Zoom lecture
Date: Monday 26 October
Time: 5-6:40 pm French time
Fee: 15 €
Payment Instructions 
Please let me know which your prefer and please state the name or date of the lecture you wish to attend:
1. Payment after reception of an invoice on 30 September 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 on the SUMUP system.
3. By PayPal indicating the date of the lecture to this link:
 https://www.paypal.me/AMKEFriendsofPaxos
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 receive the Zoom meeting details as soon as you send me an email notice of the transaction. 

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Thursday 22 October

The Golden Age of Danish Painting Conclusion


Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Thursday 22 October

Time: 5-5:40 pm French time

Fee: Free 
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Monday 19 October 2020

 

The Golden Age of Danish Painting (1801-1864)

 

The Danish Golden Age is traditionally thought of as a period of unparalleled artistic and cultural flourishing in Denmark from 1801 to 1848. Artists worked to forge an image of a proud and united nation by focusing on the Copenhagen bourgeoisie and the bucolic landscapes of their homeland.

The leading figure of the Danish Golden Age, Christoffer Eckersberg, was at the root of the remarkable artistic revival in Denmark. As professor at the Royal Academy, he trained an entire new generation of painters: Wilhelm Bendz, Christen Købke, Martinus Rørbye, Constantin Hansen, Wilhem Marstand among others.

 

The cultural scene was vibrant, more and more exhibition venues were opening, and a rising bourgeois class guaranteed artists a regular clientele of collectors. Commissions from the new bourgeoisie contributed to the growing trend for portraits, as did a taste for portraying intimate family circles. The artists themselves painted self-portraits that reflected their new social status. A great importance was given to children’s portraiture showcasing the importance of education and good upbringing in Danish culture. 

The exhibition also evokes the artists’ fascination with the world, from its breath-taking vastness down to its minutest detail. They created a new vision of the infinitely large, with pictures of wide-open skies, and the infinitely small, with extremely accurate botanical studies. The development of open-air painting allowed them to paint landscapes with new and unusual perspectives. 

The freshness and openness of the Danish painters’ visionof the world in this period, their attachment to middle class values of family harmony and propriety, the slow rhythms of city and country life, visible in their art, offer a unique and often nostalgic vision of a golden age - a bygone era as yet untouched by the turbulence, the social, economic and political tensions of the industrial modern world. 

 

Place: Zoom lecture

Date: Monday 19 October

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 30 September 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 indicating the date of the lecture to this link: https://www.paypal.me/AMKEFriendsofPaxos

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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