Short Course | The Age of Impressionism – France & Australia | Monet’s Garden

Presented by art and cultural historians this series of lectures will delve into the social and cultural world of the Impressionist era in Paris and will address how the Australian artists connected with their international contemporaries.

In conjunction with Australian Impressionists in France exhibition.

John Russell, Peonies and head of a woman, c. 1887, oil on canvas, NGV, Melbourne The Joseph Brown Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor


Sat 3 Aug, 2pm
From the Gare Saint Lazare to Giverny
We will trace Claude Monet’s artistic and personal journey as he moved ever further from Paris via Argenteuil, Vetheuil to Giverny and became increasingly engrossed in the study of landscape and light.
Speaker: Sylvia Sagona, Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Sat 10 Aug, 2pm
The word and the image
Emile Zola, art critic and champion of the Impressionists, wrote a series of now famous novels on the districts of Paris represented in their canvasses, using a literary style inspired by their ideas and techniques.
Speaker: Sylvia Sagona, Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Sat 17 Aug, 2pm
John Russell: A summary of the technical research and conservation program for Australian Impressionists in France
: Michael Varco-Cocks, Conservator, Paintings 1850-1950, NGV and MaryJo Lelyveld, Conservator, Frames & Furniture, NGV

Sat 24 Aug, 2pm
Australian Impressionists in France
Australian artists flocked to France from the 1880s onwards and took part in the great global movement of Impressionist painting of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Speaker: Elena Taylor, Curator, Australian Art, NGV

Sat 31 Aug, 2pm
The Glory of Reflection
Impressionism represents a revolutionary moment in the history of art because through it the mind is finally liberated from the pursuit of Platonic ideals, realising that all light is reflected light, all thought is reflected thought, all glory is reflected glory. John Peter Russell, E. Phillips Fox, and Charles Conder all bask in the magnificent reflected glory of Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, and their works glow with the inner connections which these artists established around the planet, connections which can lead us to some new reflections on the meaning of the old idea of national identity.
Speaker: Dr David Rathbone, philosopher, S.H.A.P.S, The University of Melbourne

Sat 7 Sep, 2pm
Ambrose Patterson: The French connection – 1898 to 1909
The lure of Paris in the first decade of a new century attracted many younger Australian artists including Patterson who studied in the academies and exhibited in the salons. Inspired by the first generation French Impressionists, Patterson’s life and career are traced and reveal some extraordinary achievements in a period of great change and experimentation.
Speaker Jane Alexander, Director, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Sat 14 Sep, 2pm
A comparison of Impressionist techniques
: Prof Anthea Callen, Professor of Art, ANU

Venue: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level

Information & bookings: Ph +61 3 8662 1555 10am-5pm daily

Cost: $20 A / $16 M / $18 C (per lecture), $150 A / $105 M / $132 C (full series), Event Code P1348