#4 Impressionist Painting at the Princeton University Art Museum

Caroline Harris, Ph.D., University of Virginia, has led the Education Department at the Princeton University Art Museum for over a decade. Prior to coming to Princeton, she served as staff lecturer in charge of academic affairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her main research interest is 19th-century French painting, and her most recent publication is “Alfred Sisley’s Portraits of Place” for the museum’s catalogue Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection.

*** We can only accommodate 12 participants in this seminar

January 9 and 16, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Caroline Harris, Ph.D., Art Museum

January 9: Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Mary Cassatt
January 16: Alfred Sisley, and Paul Cézanne

This course will examine late nineteenth-century painting with an emphasis on artists represented in the Princeton University Art Museum.  The course will begin with an in-depth discussion of the French Academic tradition to place the work of the late nineteenth-century avant-garde in context and to develop a definition of Impressionism.  Claude Monet’s oeuvre will be considered in relation to the history of European landscape painting followed by an opportunity to study Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt’s figurative works in detail. The second session will cover Alfred Sisley’s portraits of place and Paul Cézanne’s idiosyncratic vision. These artists’ techniques will be discussed in-depth with half the class taking place in the Museum’s galleries and study rooms.