Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 2:30pm4:00pm.
Hamilton Building - lower level Sharp Auditorium DenverCO
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MONET: THE ARTIST & HIS WORLD – Fall/Winter Course

Session 4: Becoming Monet: Canon Formation in Impressionism and Beyond

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 4: Becoming Monet: Canon Formation in Impressionism and Beyond

How did Claude Monet’s name become synonymous with Impressionism? What factors conspired to make him the artist who most often comes to mind when we think of Impressionist art?

In this session, we will consider the initial reception of the paintings of Monet and his fellow artistes indépendants (independent artists) who exhibited their work at the eight so-called Impressionist exhibitions starting in 1874. How did the virulent derision with which their work was met transform over time into praise?

Using Monet – and a certain famous Leonardo portrait of a Renaissance lady – as a case study, we will learn how the reputations of art collectors, the timing of their bequests, the exposure certain collections continue to receive, and even biological phenomena play a central role in canon formation, thus establishing certain artists’ names over others.

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

Other sessions:

Session 1: Monet’s Water Lilies: Seeing with the Body (November 16, 2:30-4 pm)

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

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.

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 and 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.