Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 2:30pm4:00pm.
Hamilton Building - lower level Sharp Auditorium DenverCO
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MONET: THE ARTIST & HIS WORLD – Fall/Winter Course

Session 1: Monet’s Water Lilies: Seeing with the Body (SESSION SOLD OUT)

In this four-session course, we'll explore Claude Monet, the dynamic era in which he lived and worked, and the many places he painted. Discover why Monet found such inspiration in nature and walk away with new perspectives on this beloved Impressionist master.

For information on the entire course, visit the program page.

Session 1: Monet's Water Lilies: Seeing with the Body

It is often said that Impressionism addresses the eye and only the eye. The painter Paul Cézanne once said of Claude Monet: “He is only an eye, but what an eye!”

Cézanne’s exclamation meant that Monet’s eye went further than any other. He thus raises the question of where an eye like Monet’s can take us; what can a painter make us “see” beyond the painted surface?

My answer is that Monet takes us beyond the instant of vision to feelings that occur within the body. Through the eye, his art appeals directly to bodily senses, causing his viewer to experience far more than merely seeing. This effort culminates in the Water Lilies, where Impressionist painting literally sets the body in motion.

Presented by James H. Rubin, Ph.D., professor of art history at Stony Brook, State University of New York.

Other sessions:

Session 2: A Breath of Fresh Air: Embracing Nature in the Urban Environment (November 30, 2:30-4 pm)

Presented by Molly Medakovich, Ph.D., art historian and Denver Art Museum teaching specialist.

Session 3: A Change of Scenery: Monet’s Travels (December 14, 2:30-4 pm)

Presented by Molly Medakovich, Ph.D., art historian and Denver Art Museum teaching specialist.

Session 4: Becoming Monet: Canon Formation in Impressionism and Beyond (January 11, 2020, 2:30-4pm)

Presented by Giulia Bernardini, M.A., art historian and instructor of humanities at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

More information about course presenters available here.

All sessions are 2:30-4 pm. Doors open at 2 pm.

Tickets will go on sale for members on August 26; login is required to purchase online. They will be available to nonmembers on September 2, for the full course or individual sessions.

$90 DAM members/$100 nonmembers for all four sessions; $25 DAM members/$28 nonmembers for single sessions

Please note: General admission tickets which include entrance to the exhibition, are sold separately.