Art Renaissance Lectures

Thursday, February 14, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1841-1919
His life & his art


Renoir – Marguerite Legrand, 1879

Along with his friend Claude Monet, Renoir represents the epitome of the Impressionist style. His art is among the most recognized and loved not only in his native France but around the world. Reproductions of his paintings, such as the ever-famous Lunch at the Boating Party, or Dancing at the Moulin de la Galette, are framed in countless homes. Different from Monet, more attracted by the changing light over landscapes, Renoir was interested in people and, until the very end of his long life, in beautiful women. 

Presentation & Slide Shows by Michel Sarda

Limited space available.

A $10 contribution is requested to attend the presentation and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.


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Shemer Art Center
5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018
Information & Reservation (required) at 602.262.4727


Thursday, March 14 2019 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Toulouse-Lautrec
1864-1901


Toulouse-Lautrec, La Cavaliere (The Rider), 1888

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born into one of the oldest French aristocratic families – the Counts of Toulouse brilliantly served during the Crusades. Because of a genetic disease probably due to centuries of inbreeding (his two grandmothers were sisters, his parents were first cousins, etc.), his legs never developed normally, which made his an outcast among his peers. Thanks to a loving mother, he was able to develop his interest in the arts and become a colorful figure in the crowed Paris art scene at the end of the 19th century. Familiar with and influenced by the Impressionists, he established his own, distinctive visual language. However, he never overcame his physical appearance and found solace in alcohol and the friendly company of prostitutes. He died at the early age of 37.

Presentation & Slide Shows by Michel Sarda

Limited space available.

A $10 contribution is requested to attend the presentation and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.


Select Number of Seats



Shemer Art Center
5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018
Information & Reservation (required) at 602.262.4727