History of Impressionism

In-person event Oct. 17 and 24

Sunday, October 17, 2021
1 PM – 2:30 PM

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Instructor: Kevin Muller

The exhibit Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens offers an exciting opportunity to investigate up close and in-person the ground-breaking innovations of Impressionism. In order to see these paintings through the eyes of their initial viewers, we will first turn to the voices of 19th- century critics who articulated the fundamental—and controversial—aspects of this movement. We will then look at specific works of art included in the exhibit in order to see how these artists rejected long-standing artistic conventions. Along the way, we will explore how nineteenth-century scientific discoveries about light, optics, and the physiology of the eye informed the Impressionists' radical style of painting. Finally, we consider how these artists set the stage for later chapters.


$65 for members
$75 for nonmembers

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Instructor: Kevin Muller

Image credit: Paul César Helleu (French, 1859 – 1927), The Final Touch, (detail) ca. 1885. Pastel on buff wove paper. 20 3/4 x 17 1/2 in. Dixon Gallery and Gardens; Museum purchase with funds provided by Brenda and Lester Crain, Hyde Family Foundations, Irene and Joe Orgill and the Rose Family Foundation, 1993.7.34.

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