Art History Lectures


Presented by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor holds a doctorate degree in Greek and Roman civilizations from Columbia University. Join us for these educational lectures, presented with wit and humour!


ART HISTORY LECTURES- Auguste Rodin Part One

Auguste Rodin, Part One, 1857-1883

The Thinker, 1879-89, bronze, Musée Rodin, Paris


Auguste Rodin is considered the founder of modern sculpture, a style which reflects the natural, life-like and individual over the heroic and mythological.Rodin asserted the artist’s right to declare his work finished (even though it looked unfinished) when he had realized his artistic aim.  As such, he cleared the path for The Impressionists

We will look at his early sculptures from 1857-1883, including The Gates of Hell (birthplace of The Thinker and The Kiss), The Age of Bronze, The Man with the Broken Nose, and The Monument to Victor Hugo.  And we will meet his patents and his two favorite ladies:  Rose Beuret and Camille Claudel.

Thursday, July 14, 2022 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Price: $15.00

Date: July 14, 2022

Available Spaces: 16

ART HISTORY LECTURES- Auguste Rodin Part Two

Auguste Rodin, Part Two, 1884-1917

The Burghers of Calais, 1884-1895, bronze, Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, Calais


By 1895 Rodin was at the height of his fame, but the acclaim which greeted him was accompanied by intense vilification because the critics and the public still wanted finished, idealized, heroic statuary.  His sculptures in this era, 1884-1917, include The Burghers of Calais, Thought, The Balzac Monument, The Hand of God and Cathedral.  In this lecture we will also pause to consider his erotic watercolors.

Rodin now had gained many honors and awards and female friends.  In 1917, his last year, he married Rose Beuret, his long-time companion and the mother of his son, to show his gratitude to her for her fidelity to him, despite his many love affairs.

Thursday, August 18, 2022 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Price: $15.00

Date: August 18, 2022

Available Spaces: 16

A $15 contribution is requested to attend these presentations and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.

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