Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Winter Session Art Tours - Met, Guggenheim and Asia Society

  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
Washington, DC 

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 nyarts-exchange@verizon.net

Enjoy this lovely warm weather,
Beth New York

aka Beth Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

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