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Paris Art Studies

November - December 2016

 

The History of Paris – Architecture, Urbanism, Society

Part 2: Paris under Louis XIII and the Regency of Anne of Austria.

 

The ambitious projects of the first Bourbon King Henri IV will be continued under the reign of his son Louis XIII and his ruthless Prime Minister Cardinal Richelieu, laying the basis for a powerful and centralized monarchy of which Paris is the center.  The renewal of French art and architecture takes place with the introduction into France of the Italian Baroque style. This is reflected in the on-going expansion of the royal palace of the Louvre and the building of the new churches - the chapel of the Sorbonne by Lemercier and the glorious Val de Grace by Mansart erected by Queen Anne of Austria to celebrate the birth of her son, the future Louis XIV. Simon Vouet, Eustache Le Sueur and Nicolas Poussin provide churches and the new hôtels particuliers of wealthy judges and aristocrats on the Ile St Louis with sophisticated altarpieces and classical decorations in the new style. We will be looking at the different classes of Paris society, from the court aristocracy to the city’s indigent and poor. Art, architecture and urbanism are examined through the social and historical context and the ongoing religious conflicts of this new age, which is also the dawn of absolute monarchy in France.

 

Friday 18 Nov. – Slide lecture – Paris under Louis XIII and Richelieu. The early Baroque Age.

Friday 25 Nov. – Slide lecture – Paris under Anne of Austria and Mazarin: the youth of Louis XIV.

Friday 2  Dec.  – Visit – The palace of the Louvre and the Palais Royal:  The summer apartments of the Queen, the galerie d’Apollon and the former Palais Cardinal. Meet by auditorium entrance beneath the Louvre Pyramid with ticket in hand at 10:15 am. Métro: Palais-Royal Louvre.

Wednesday 7  Dec. at 4pm – Visit – The convent and church of the Val de Grâce. Meet in courtyard of the church, 1 Place Alphonse Laveran, 75005 (on the rue Saint-Jacques). Closest metro is RER B Port-Royal. 


 

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

 

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.

Ruth Kleinman, Anne of Austria, Queen of France, Ohio State University Press 1985.

 

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 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

 

Monday 7 Nov. 11:30 - 1 pm:  America after the Fall: Paintings from the 1930s

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie (until 30 Jan. 2017) with Chris Boïcos.

 

The 1930's were the period in which modern art first became visible and widely acknowledged in the United States. The opening of the museum of Modern Art in New York in 1929 is a symbolic moment that was followed, however, immediately by the Great Depression. Contradictory currents - from European-style abstraction to social realism, to “Regionalism”  - animate American art of the 1930s and illustrate the social, esthetic and political currents of this exceptionally rich and complex decade. Organized by the Musée d’Orsay in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, this unique exhibition for France features sixty major pictures borrowed from prestigious American public and private collections (Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum, MoMA..). All major American artists of the period - Marsden Hartley, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton, Arthur Dove, Ilya Bolotowsky, Charles Green Shaw, Charles Demuth, Ivan Albright, Grant Wood (with his famous « American Gothic ») and more are represented.

 

Place: Musée de l’Orangerie in the Tuileries gardens facing Place de la Concorde on river-side.

Métro: Concorde (lines 1, 8, 12)

Time: 11:15 for 11:30 am entry. Please bring 9 € for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones (11€  total) in exact change.

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Thursday 17 Nov. 10:30 – 12 noon

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

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée du Quai de Branly (until 15 Jan. 2017) with Chris Boïcos.

 

What role did art play in the quest for equality and the affirmation of black identity in segregated America? This exceptional exhibition pays tribute to the African-American artists and thinkers who contributed, during a century and a half-long struggle, to blurring this discriminatory "color line". Although the end of the Civil War in 1865 brought an end to slavery, the racial demarcation line continued to have a lasting impact on American society, as foreseen by the activist W.E.B. Du Bois in 1903 in The Soul of Black Folks. Beginning with American vaudeville and the minstrel shows of the 19th century, the exhibition showcases the cultural and literary vitality of the Harlem Renaissance of the early 20th century, the pioneers of black activism (Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington) and the indictment of the singer Billie Holiday (Strange Fruit) in the 1930s, through 150 years of artistic production: painting, sculpture, photography, cinema, music, and literature. Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Malvin Gray, Faith Ringgold, Bob Thompson, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Hale Woodruff, Reginald Gammon, Emma Amos are only a few of the well, or lesser, known African-American artists, shown in France mostly for the first time.

 

Place: Musée du Quai de Branly, 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris. Meet in lobby.

Métro: RER C  Pont de l’Alma

Time: Meet at 10:15 for 10:30 am entry. Please bring 7 € in for exhibition ticket and 2 € for the headphones

(9 €  total) in exact change.

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Wednesday 23 Nov. 11:30 - 1 pm:

Oscar Wilde, Absolute Impertinence

Visit to the exhibition at the Petit Palais (until 15 Jan. 2017) with Chris Boïcos.

 

This is the first-ever exhibition in France devoted to the life and career of the great Irish writer, art critic, lecturer, playwright, wit, society butterfly and gay icon and martyr. A most varied and wonderful trove of paintings, portraits, caricatures, photographs, prints and manuscripts illustrate every aspect of Wilde’s multifarious career in Oxford, London, the USA and Paris where he died after his imprisonment, bankrupt and scorned by society and most of his old friends and lovers. Wonderfully kitsch Pre-Raphaelite paintings and some masterpieces – Sargent’s Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth, Aubrey Beardsley’s exquisitely sinister illustrations for Wilde’s Salomé, Tissot’s On Holiday, Toulouse-Lautrec’s La Goulue au Moulin Rouge – refer to Wilde’s career as connoisseur and art critic at the Royal Academy and at the Grovesnor gallery of London. Rarely shown in France, most of these works and documents are from British collections and contribute to the richness of an exhibition that is both highly entertaining and very moving.

 

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

Time: 11:15 for 11:30 am entry. Please bring 7 € in exact change for the exhibition ticket.

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Tuesday 29 November 10 – 11:30 am

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

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay (Nov. 15 – March 5) with Chris Boïcos.

 

Bazille was a young artist of great promise in the 1860’s whose career was cut tragically short with his untimely death on the field at the opening of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870. Born into a wealthy provincial family of vineyard owners in Montpellier he arrived in Paris in the early 1860’s to pursue his art studies. In the capital he soon met and befriended Edouard Manet, the future Impressionists and the new art critics and writers – Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Maitre, Zola. He shared studios with the penniless Monet and Renoir, paying the rent out of his own pocket. All of his major paintings, including his famous group portrait of Manet and the Impressionists in his last studio on the rue de Condamine in the Batignolles, are included in this complete retrospective exhibition. Bazille’s work is complemented in the show by early masterpieces by his friends and contemporary landscape painters: Manet, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Cézanne, Corot and more.

 

Place: Musée d’Orsay 75007. Group entrance on south side of the main front (right hand side when facing the museum).

Métro: RER Musée d’Orsay (line C) or Solférino (line 12).

Time: 9:45 for 10 am start. Please bring 12 € for museum ticket and 2 € for the headphones in exact change (14 € total).

 

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Thursday 8 December 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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Course Fee: 100 € for the 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, 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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