22 January, 2010

Lectures - Impressionism

In keeping with the Australian art museums' tendency to stage Impressionist exhibitions every summer ad nauseum here are some lectures on Impressionism.

Dr. David Brenneman, director of collections and exhibitions and Frances B. Bunzl, family curator of European Art, explores the impact of Claude Monet's Water Lilies on the history of modern art. The focus of Monet's last 25 years, the Water Lilies represents his largest body of work from his famed garden in Giverny. Though now known as Impressionist masterpieces, this series is also cited as one of the first forays into Abstract Expressionism.
50 mins 40 secs



David Brenneman, director of collections and exhibitions at Atlanta's High Museum of Art, draws comparisons between Monet's work and the masters of the Dutch landscape tradition, as well as other Old Master traditions.
54mins 30secs



Ross King reveals how Impressionism reordered both history and culture as it resonated around the world.

While the Civil War raged in America, another very different revolution was beginning to take shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris. The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amidst scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. King's The Judgment of Paris chronicles a seminal period when Paris was the artistic center of the world, and a revolutionary movement had the power to electrify and divide a nation. 52mins 40secs



Ann Dumas, a leading independent scholar on Impressionism, talks about the Impressionists dialogue with the art of the past.

The popular view of Impressionism is that it broke completely from the artistic traditions of previous centuries. In truth, the Impressionists copied the Old Masters and transformed their motifs and compositions into something completely new. 47mins 20 secs


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