Grainstack (sunset)  1891, Claude Monet. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection. Photograph © MFA, Boston

Turner, Constable, Monet – English paths to French Impressionism 

12 March 2009, 

Enjoy a summer’s evening of colourful talks associated with Monet and the Impressionists, followed by live French music featuring piano accordion, cello and percussion.

5.30pm–6.20pm: Floortalk

Join David Maskill, Senior Lecturer in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington, for an insightful floortalk about Monet’s seasons.

David Maskill is Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of Art History at Victoria University of Wellington. He is a specialist in French 18th-century art and the history of prints. He has contributed a series of entries to the forthcoming book Art at Te Papa.

6.30pm–7.20pm: Lecture

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Director Art and Collection Services at Te Papa, discusses the English paths to French Impressionism.

When Monet and Pissarro fled from Paris to London at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870, the paintings of Turner and Constable were among the English works they could view in major public art collections. This lecture retraces the paths that led from Constable and Turner in the formation of naturalism in French painting and considers how these artists influenced the Impressionists’ interpretations of marine, rural, urban, and industrial landscapes.

Watch this lecture on Youtube:

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

7.30–8.15pm: Concert

Round off your evening with café-style music from Trio Musette. Level 4 Espresso.

Watch the video on Youtube

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