François Boucher (French, 1703–1770)
Toilet de Venus, 1751
oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art
It's Winter Session for those of us who follow the Academic Calendar. I am teaching an online course for Purchase College on Impressionism from January 2 through January 22: three jam-packed weeks of those mighty Modernist rebels. Fortunately, this Intersession Break liberated Dr. Kim de Beaumont, our guest lecturer for a tour of 18th century galleries at the Met. Later this month, her teaching schedule at Hunter College and Pace College will once again "occupy" her precious time.
I am very excited about Kim's tour because the Impressionists, despite all their strident avant-garde-ness, looked to the 18th century for their ideas. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) especially liked the delicacy of the Rococo, exemplified in works by François Boucher and Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Below, you will find Renoir's early painting Diana, which I just happened to bump into at the National Gallery this past weekend during my trip to Washington, DC.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Diana, 1867
Chester Dale Collection, National Gallery of Art
Please join us for an exceptional opportunity to tour the 18th-century Wrightsman Wing and painting galleries at the Met with Dr. Kim de Beaumont tomorrow, Wednesday, January 9 at 1 pm.
Winter Session Tours - $150 for all three tours; $60 a la carte
Wednesdays at 1 pm
- January 9 - 18th century galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Dr. Kim de Beaumont
- January 16 - Picasso Black and White at the Guggenheim
- January 22 - Lin Tianmaio at Asia Society (impossible to understand in photos - a must see!)
Please confirm your reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy this lovely warm weather,
Beth New York
aka Beth Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange