In conjunction with Renoir Landscapes, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is offering a stimulating series of art history courses, concerts, and lectures to deepen the experience of the galleries, enabling visitors to consider broader connections and perspectives on Renoir, his era, and his contemporaries. To register for any of these programs, call 215-235 SHOW or visit the website. Registration is available at the Museum although pre-registration is strongly encouraged. (Members receive a 20% discount on courses, workshops, and concerts.)
Art History Courses
Painting Nature in the Age of Revolution
Lecturer: Paul Galvez, Doctoral Candidate in Art History, Columbia University
This course examines landscape painting in Europe before Impressionism, from roughly the middle of the 18th century to the 1860s. How did watershed events like the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars, and colonialism shape artists' understanding of man's relationship to nature? At a time of unprecedented upheaval across the continent, why did landscape – up until this point a minor genre in the history of Western painting – become so central to successive generations of modern painters?
1. Sublime, Picturesque, Savage: The Idea of Nature in the 18th Century
2. Three Romantics: Corot, Constable, Friedrich
3. Wandering in the Barbizon Forest: Rousseau and Millet
4. Painting in Crisis: Courbet and Manet
Thursdays: 4 sessions, October 4, 11, 18, 25; 1:30-2:30
Saturdays: 2 sessions, October 13 and 27; 1:30-3:45
Rest or Recreation? City Parks in 19th Century Europe and America
Lecturer: Elizabeth Milroy, Professor of Art History and American Studies, Wesleyan University
During the 19th century, civic leaders in Great Britain and Europe, and across the United States advocated for the creation of public parks in hopes that these would provide places for healthy leisure and recreation in increasingly overpopulated urban centers. By the end of the century, such parks as the Bois de Boulogne in Paris or New York’s Central Park were celebrated by writers and artists as necessary elements of a modern city. In this course we will explore the history of these new green spaces, paying particular attention to the development of Philadelphia’s own Fairmount Park system.
1. Parks and the Public: Europe to 1800
2. Making Cities Greener
3. America’s Urban Green Spaces
4. Fairmount Park and the Legacy of William Penn
Thursdays: 4 sessions, November 1, 8, 15, 29; 9:30-10:30
Saturdays: 2 sessions, November 10 and December 1 9:30-11:45
Pierre Auguste Renoir and the Tradition of French Landscape
Lecturer: Caroline Harris, Curator of Education, Princeton University Art Museum
This course will consider Renoir’s achievement as a landscape painter within the context of the development of French nineteenth-century art, the Impressionist movement, and the artist's oeuvre. Lectures will chart Renoir's struggle towards Impressionist facture in the late 1860s, leading to the creation of a technique that stressed loose brushwork and subjects focused on elements of light and atmosphere. Yet, his Impressionist period would last but a decade or so. He would rethink his entire project in the 1880s, abandoning his earlier approach in search of a new art that would marry some of his avant-garde techniques with a more traditional emphasis on form.
1. Academics, Realists, and Impressionists
2. Spending time at the Cafe Guerbois
3. With Monet on the Banks of the Seine
4. Leaving Impressionism Behind
Thursdays: 4 sessions, November 1, 8, 15, 29; 1:30-2:30
Saturdays: 2 sessions, November 10 and December 1; 1:30-3:45
General ticket price, each concert: $20
Klavier Trio Amsterdam
Sunday, October 28, 2007
2:30 p.m. in Van Pelt Auditorium
The Philadelphia Museum of Art in collaboration with French American Cultural Foundation is pleased to present the Klavier Trio Amsterdam. Join the trio for an afternoon of French 19th century music, including Piano trio in A minor by Ravel and Quatuor no.1 in C Minor op. 15 by Fauré. This concert is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Renoir Landscapes.
The Wind Soloists of New York
Sunday, December 9, 2007
2:30 p.m. in Van Pelt Auditorium
The Wind Soloists of New York will present a program of pieces for wind, harp and piano by such 19th century French composers as Camille Saint-Saens, Eric Satie, and Paul Taffenal. This concert is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Renoir Landscapes.
Van Pelt Auditorium
Free after Museum admission. Ticket required.
Renoir’s Impressions of Landscape
John Zarobell, Associate Curator of European Painting before 1900
Friday, October 19, 2007
Looking at Men: Renoir Paints the Male Subject
Linda Nochlin, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Friday, November 9, 2007
Why We Love to Hate Renoir
Martha Lucy, Mellon Fellow in Renoir Studies, The Barnes Foundation
Friday, November 16, 2007