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This four-session course will transport participants to 19th-century Paris, offering an in-depth exploration of the city as an epicenter for women artists from Europe and America. Discover the challenges, triumphs, and remarkable creativity of those who lived, studied, and exhibited in the city from 1850 to 1900, a period of great social, cultural, and artistic change.
$75 members/$85 nonmembers for full four-session course (Please note: The course is held in Sharp Auditorium. Tickets to the exhibition are sold separately.)
NOVEMBER 11 — “Paris – At last I have found what I longed for without knowing what it was! Life, that is Paris! Paris, that is life!” - Marie Bashkirtseff, 1873
In the second half of the nineteenth century, Paris left behind its medieval past to embrace a new era of modernity, replacing its narrow, tortuous streets with grander boulevards and spacious public parks. Yet, while the city and its surroundings were becoming more accessible and open, women artists still experienced the limitations and restrictions imposed by a society that was reluctant to accept their professional ambitions. In the first session, Angelica Daneo, curator of European art, will share her curatorial insights on the exhibition Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, focusing on the artworks of 37 artists who came to Paris to pursue a career in the arts, showing the public and critics they could paint more than just pretty still lifes.
Presented by Angelica Daneo, curator of painting and sculpture at the DAM.
NOVEMBER 18 — Her Voice
In this course session, discover the private lives of the women artists of Her Paris. We'll explore the ways in which their personal journals and letters reveal an eye-opening range of opinions, humor, joys, and struggles throughout their remarkable careers.
Presented by Lauren Thompson, interpretive specialist for western American, American, and European art at the DAM.
DECEMBER 2 — Paris: City of Modernity
From the middle to the end of the nineteenth century, France experienced intense socio-political tension and transformation. Against a backdrop of imperial and republican struggles for power, Paris grew into a sprawling urban center to which artists flocked from around the country and beyond. This lecture will discuss the influence the city played on their self-proclaimed identities as custodians of tradition or pioneers of modernity.
Presented by Giulia Bernardini, art historian.
DECEMBER 9 — Creative Duos: Companionship & Competition
In the final session, dig more deeply into the relationships—professional and personal, harmonious and fraught—of several Her Paris artists and their creative colleagues, both male and female. From more familiar duos like Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas to pairs like Rosa Bonheur and Anna Klumpke, we'll consider how such creative companionships impacted these artists and look at the ways in which their stories have been historically framed.
Presented by Molly Medakovich, art historian and DAM teaching specialist.