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Paris Art StudiesMay 2018

 

Paris Special Exhibitions and Museum Visits

 

Thursday 3 May 10:30 noon -12 noon: Eugène Delacroix Retrospective

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Musée du Louvre (29 March – 23 July) with Chris Boïcos.

Eugène Delacroix was one of the giants of French painting, and the greatest painter of the Romantic era. His last full retrospective exhibition in Paris dates back to 1963, the centenary year of his death. In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre is holding a historic exhibition featuring some 180 works—mostly paintings—as a tribute to his entire career.

From the young artist’s star paintings at the Paris Salon of the 1820s to his final, lesser-known, and mysterious religious paintings and landscapes, the exhibition will showcase the tension that characterizes the art of Delacroix, who strove for individuality while aspiring to follow in the footsteps of the Flemish and Venetian masters of the 16th and 17th centuries. It will aim to answer the questions raised by Delacroix’s long, prolific, and multifaceted career while introducing visitors to an engaging character: a virtuoso writer, painter, pioneering watercolorist, and illustrator who was curious, critical, and cultivated, infatuated with fame and absolutely devoted to his work.

 

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

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 10 May – No class Ascension public holiday.

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Thursday 17 May, 10:30 noon -12 noon: Wild Souls – Symbolism in the Baltic States

Slide lecture on the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay with Chris Boïcos.

 

The independent states that make up the Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, were established just after the end of the First World War. To celebrate this centenary, this exhibition presents Baltic Symbolism from the 1890s to the end of the 1920s.
The liberating impact of European Symbolism which reached the Baltic territories of the Russian Empire in the 1890s is inseparable from their quest for independence. This exhibition illustrates the interplay of influences and resistances through which artists forged a creative language appropriate to their national and personal identities. Taking elements from popular culture, folklore and local legends, as well as their unique landscapes, they created a genuinely original Baltic art style. With the exception of the internationally renowned Lithuanian painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, the works of the majority of these artists have never been shown outside their country. Re-occupied by the Soviet Union in 1939, the Baltic nations again lost their independence and the right to their national culture. This is therefore the first time that art from this extremely rich and significant period in their history is being shown in Western Europe.

 

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

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 24 May, 11 noon -12:30 pm: Van Dongen and the Bateau Lavoir

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée de Montmartre (until 26 August) with Chris Boïcos

 

As part of the Dutch Cultural Year in Paris the Musée de Montmartre is honoring the modern Dutch painter Kees van Dongen who moved to Paris, settling in Monmatre in 1900. He soon became one of the best- known illustrators of the Anarchist and radical Paris press of the period. For many years he lived in the most famous complex of Montmartre studios of the period, the Bateau Lavoir where he was the neighbor of Pablo Picasso. In 1905 his brash colorful paintings of the ladies of the night of Montmartre were associated with the scandalous new “Fauve” style launched by Matisse and Derain at the Salon d’Automne and van Dongen joined the first  artistic Paris avant garde  of the 20th century. The musée de Montmartre is located in three old Montmartre buildings housing the studios of Suzanne Valadon and Maurice Utrillo and in a charming garden in which Renoir painted in the 1870s. It is the ideal location to evoke the artistic and Bohemian atmosphere of Paris at the turn of the 20th century.

 

Place: Courtyard or lobby of Musée de Montmartre, 12 rue Cortot 75018.

Métro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt (line 12). 15mn walk or take Montmartrobus.

Time: 10:45 for 11 am start. Please bring  10,50 € for museum ticket in exact change.

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Course Fee: 66€ for 3 sessions, or 27 € 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.

Please register for classes in advance to ensure that group visits are not full.

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The History of Paris – Architecture, Urbanism, Society

Part 8: Paris under the July Monarchy (King Louis-Philippe) 1830 – 1848

The great expansion of Paris which began under Napoleon continued unabated under the Bourbons and into the new period of the July Monarchy. The skyline of the city was gradually transformed with new apartment buildings (Nouvelles Athènes), shopping arcades, theaters, churches.  The Revolution of 1830 overthrew the last and most reactionary of the Bourbon monarchs, Charles X. Under the new constitutional king of the French (and not “of France”) Louis-Philippe d’Orléans and his “July Monarchy” (1830-48) we witness the first impacts of industrialization: railway stations, metal-framed buildings (Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève), the cutting-through of new wide streets, gas lighting and asphalt.  A renewed and politically-motivated cult of Napoleon led to the completion of the Arch of Triumph and the burial of the Emperor's remains at the Invalides.  The Neo-classical (Ingres) and Romantic schools (Delacroix) now compete for official favor in the Paris Salon with the new artists of the “Juste Milieu” (Delaroche, Chassériau, Couture). Just before the advent of Baron Haussmann, this is the period in which Paris hovers in between a nostalgic past and the modern era.

Coffee and tea served at the home session between 9:45 and 10:15 am.

Wednesday 2 May. 10:15 am – 11:45 noon – Slide lecture – Paris under King Louis-Philippe.

Wednesday 16 May. 11:15 am – 12:45 noon –Musée du Louvre: Art in the Romantic Era.

Wednesday 23 May. 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – City walk and museum visit: – Nouvelles Athènes! A walk through the 9th arrondissement, the literary and artistic center of Romantic Paris.

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Course Fee: 66€ for 3 sessions, or 27 € 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.

Please register for classes in advance to ensure that group visits are not full.

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14, boulevard Saint-Martin. 6th floor (building code: 69168)

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

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