Lectures

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!

Hals, The Laughing Cavalier, 1627, oil on canvas, Wallace Collection, London

DUTCH BAROQUE PAINTING IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF DUTCH POWER AND PROSPERITY: FRANS HALS AND JAN VERMEER

Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Fans Hals (1582/83-1666) of Haarlem developed his skills exclusively as a portraitist, with flowing and sure brushwork, capturing momentary expressions and poses which reveal the character of the sitter. His loose brushwork predicts that of Impressionism and his posthumous students include both Courbet and Manet.

The paintings of Jan Vermeer (1632-1675) of Delft are really still lives with people, solitary or in groups. He shows complete precision in the rendering of textures, colors, and shapes in serene and beautiful images of domestic life. Among his imitators are Chardin, Picasso, and Dali.

 


 

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Watteau, Les Charmes de la Vie (the Music Party), ca. 1718, oil on canvas, Wallace Collection, London

ROCOCO IN FRANCE & EUROPE, ca. 1715 – 1789

Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

With the death of the absolute monarch, King Louis XIV of France, the bombastic Baroque of the King’s court gave way to the quieter Rococo (a pun on rocailles and coquilles, rocks and shells—widely used decorative motives in this new style).  Since the court no longer had a monopoly on artistic patronage, the elegant Rococo embellished intimate private salons rather than vast palaces.

The painter Watteau, arriving in Paris in 1715 (the year the Sun King died), had to look for patrons among the nobility as well as the middle class.  The subtlety and charm of the Rococo were now preferred to the impressiveness and grandeur of the Baroque. Rococo had a flair for the lighthearted and the graceful with soft pastel colors in dreamlike scenes.

Watteau is the premier painter and draftsman of the early Rococo and decorative styles all over Europe echo his sensibilities.  Our presentation will, accordingly, emphasize Watteau and those styles.

 


 

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Fragonard, The Swing, 1767, oil on canvas, Wallace Collection, London

ROCOCO IN ITALY & FRANCE, ca. 1726 – 1780

Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Rococo is the last western style that can lay claim to universality throughout Europe and the last to cling to the values of charm and beauty.  We will first observe Tiepolo in the salons and palaces of Italy and Germany and then travel back to France to meet Boucher, La Tour, Fragonard, and Chardin, all of whom King Louis XV of France actively patronized.  The refined elegance and poise of the mistresses of the King were favorite subjects.  

Chardin, an older contemporary of the others, stands apart from them.  His works are, if you will, a middle-class reaction to aristocratic poses and recall the genre paintings of Hals and Vermeer, a century earlier in The Netherlands. Chardin’s clear expression of geometry in form and harmony in composition and color were an inspiration for the later masters—Manet, Cézanne, and Matisse.


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  Goya, Self-Portrait, 1815, oil on panel 

GOYA, LAST OF THE OLD MASTERS & FIRST OF THE MODERNS (1746-1828)     

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Goya was born in Fuendetodos (Aragon), Spain, and apprenticed at age 14 to a local artist;  soon he  appeared in Madrid where he studied under Bayeu, a court painter (and Goya’s future brother-in-law).

Well-versed in El Greco and Velázquez, Goya eventually became the Premier Court Painter.  Although he mocked the pretensions, greed and stupidity of the grandees, they did not  observe the artist’s satire and wit. 

In 1792, he was struck deaf by an illness, which caused him to be preoccupied with the morbid and the bizarre.  The 82 etchings of The Caprices (issued in 1799) express nightmarish humor, reminiscent of Rembrandt’s etchings.  His cycle of 85 etchings, The Disasters of War (1810-14) illustrate the routine atrocities and destruction committed in Spain in 1808 by the conquering French.

After retiring from the court, Goya moved to his farmhouse near Madrid in 1815.  There, fearful of mental illness, he created the horrific Black Paintings.  And in 1824 because of the King Ferdinand VII’s reign of terror, he left Spain for Bordeaux, France. In exile, he took up lithography and his style now prefigured that of the Impressionists—Manet and Degas;  and the Moderns–Picasso and Dali.

Goya’s portraits, etchings, and drawings comment with brilliant realism on his era.  In portraiture, he finds a place next to Velázquez and Rembrandt.


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