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ENRICH-0011 – Art Hist: Her Paris/Impressionism (ENRICH-0011_PARI)

Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism

For many European and American artists in the 19th century, Paris beckoned. The cosmopolitan city was an epicenter of art and culture, a setting for both academic tradition and avant-garde innovations. Gender mattered in the pursuit of a professional career in the arts, however, and women artists from France, America, Germany, the Nordic countries and elsewhere faced a host of challenges when they arrived in the city. Join Molly Medakovich of the Denver Art Museum for a rare glimpse into the artistic culture of Paris from 1850 to 1900 and the professional women artists who witnessed (and contributed to) the significant social, cultural and artistic changes of the era.

Become acquainted with nearly 40 artists, including familiar faces such as Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot and Rosa Bonheur, and lesser-known names like Marie Bashkirtseff, Anna Ancher, Louise-Catherine Breslau and others who made Paris their home during this period. Denied entry into the École des Beaux-Arts, the country's most prestigious academy of artistic training and exhibition until 1897, learn how these innovative women created their own system of studying and exhibiting, even established their own professional organizations, including the Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs. Without a male chaperone, women also didn't enjoy the freedom of circulating the city's public parks, boulevards and cafés, where male artistic culture flourished and contemporary subject matter abounded. Some women artists dared to venture into male-dominated genres such as battlefield painting, while others turned to more domestic subject matter. Finally, explore the artists and their paintings more closely with an instructor-guided tour of Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism at the Denver Art Museum. Gain new appreciation for these exceptional women artists and their works from this influential chapter in art history. 10% discount to DAM members.

Four sessions
Mon., 6:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2017
DAM visit, Sat., 10 am, Nov. 11
Location: Room 119, Shwayder Art Building, DU campus

Molly Medakovich is a teaching specialist for adult programs at the Denver Art Museum, an affiliate faculty member of DU's School of Art & Art History and an independent art historian. A lifelong Francophile, she has a PhD in 18th- and 19th-century European art history, with a focus on French painting and sculpture.
Course Details
Location: DU Main CampusMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 0Waitlist Places Left: 8Fee: $175


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Monday23rd October 20176th November 201706:30PM - 08:30PMShwayder Art BuildingMolly Medakovich
Saturday11th November 201711th November 201710:00AM - 12:00PMN/AN/A