Tag Archive for French Art

Call for Papers | 33rd Conference of the Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies

33rd Annual Conference SE-17 – Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth Century Studies October 16-18, 2014 University of Western Ontario, London, Canada Conference Organizer Jean Leclerc, University of Western Ontario jlecler@uwo.ca Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts in French or English (300 words maximum) for presentations relating to the session themes listed below. Please send abstracts by email directly to session chairs by March 7, 2014. Presentations will be of 20 minutes’ duration. 1. Economy and spending / Économie et dépenses Chair / Présidente de session: Nathalie Freidel…

Seminar | Visual Manipulation and Auto/Biography | Sydney Intellectual History Network

Madame, Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate, Duchess of Orléans, in Hunting Dress by Louis-Ferdinand Elle, 1673 Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

Visual Manipulation and Auto/Biography The first seminar for 2014 in Auto/Biography and History series sponsored by the Global Sensibilities Group within the Sydney Intellectual History Network at the University of Sydney. Barbara Gaehtgens | 1643 or How to Represent the Queen’s New Power? Mark De Vitis | Madame as the Marquise: The Politics of Making a Mockery at the Court of Louis XIV This seminar will combine the work of two art historians researching the visual self-representation of royal woman at the French court during the seventeenth century. Dr Gaehtgens…

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

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

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.   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…

Melbourne Winter Masterclasses by Melbourne Uni and NGV | Making Sense of Monet

Monet, Rouen Cathedral

Making Sense of Monet The University of Melbourne in partnership with the NGV International The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne is delighted to present masterclasses in Art History, Philosophy, Classics, Screen Studies, Creative Writing, History and Archaeology, with some our most celebrated teachers and public intellectuals. Making Sense of Monet (July 13 – 14, 2013) The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria is delighted to present Making Sense of Monet, a weekend of masterclass exploring Monet and…

Exhibition Review | Monet’s Garden at the National Gallery of Victoria. Reviewed by David R. Marshall

Unknown Claude Monet outside his house at Giverny 1921 autochrome 18.0 x 24.0 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris © Patrice Schmidt /musée d'Orsay distribution RMN

The latest NGV exhibition is, again, sourced largely from a secondary French museum (the Musée Marmottan Monet, henceforth MMM). Monet exhibitions have traditionally draw large crowds, and are much loved by gallery directors needing to feed the political machines to which they are beholden that equate numbers with success. But if ‘Monet’ is the brand of brands for art exhibitions, for organisers there is the problem of finding new ways to give a Monet show intellectual credibility and thematic coherence, while marketeers may feel the need to enrich a brand that runs the risk of becoming stale. And, given the economics of international exhibitions in Australia, the bulk of the works need to come from a single source. Hence Monet’s Garden.

‘Monet’s Garden’ is an idea rich in possibilities: it connects cultural tourism (a trip to Giverny) with high-art glorification of artistic genius. While previous NGV exhibitions have emphasised, through videos, places associated with the objects on display (notably the Musée Moreau in the Moreau exhibition and Malmaison with Napoleon), Monet’s Garden takes the place/artwork nexus one step further. I once taught a subject in art history on the history of gardens called Visions of Paradise: Art of the Garden, a title stolen from a picture book by Marina Schinz, and did a week on Monet and Giverny. One of the essay questions was whether Monet was a better gardener than painter. This generated some interesting responses. By asking this question one is forced to look at his Giverny paintings differently: as topographical painting, subordinate to the place represented, rather than a this-is-a-work-of-genius painting. It is quite intriguing, after studying the now well-known colour photos of Monet in his garden nearest the house (e.g. pp. xxiv-xxv of the catalogue) (Fig. 1), to be able to identity what the paintings actually represent. The strength of Impressionism was that it accepted the facts and went from there, so that its underpinning of visual factuality is there if you choose to look. A visit to the waterlily pond at Giverny makes you realise that his Nymphéas paintings are much more realistic than you had thought when you saw them in a gallery (Figs. 3, 14). This helps us to see Monet differently: as the last of the estate topographers, rather than as a wannabee modernist abstractionist.

Exhibition Review | The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Death and Disaster. Reviewed by Katrina Grant

Fig. 2 Albrecht Dürer, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,  from The Apocalypse, published 1498, woodcut. National Gallery of Victoria.

The ‘Four Horsemen’ exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria draws together a rich, varied and evocative selection of images of death: the horseman crushing rich and poor alike beneath the hooves of his skeletal horse; the shadowy figure stalking the young and the beautiful; the horrors of war; the terrors of the final Apocalypse.

Exhibition Review | Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists. Reviewed by David R. Marshall

Georges Seurat, 'The Seine at Courbevoie', 1885 (La Seine à Courbevoie).  Oil on canvas, 81.4 x 65.2 cm. Private collection, Paris

Radiance. The Neo-Impressionists Reviewed by David R. Marshall Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists. National Gallery of Victoria, 16 November 2012 – 17 March 2013 Impressionism was killed by theory, the theory that gave the Neo-impressionists their identity. Neo-Impressionist theory picked up on Impressionism’s naturalism and acute observation of outdoor light effects (coloured shadows and so forth) and married them to contemporary colour theory. The result was a pseudo-scientific artistic practice that proved to have interesting artistic possibilities wholly at odds with the theory that underpinned it. The science was the idea of…

Napoleon Colloquium at NGV International

Jacques Louis-David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps.

Napoleon Colloquium Saturday 22nd September An afternoon forum exploring the art, artists and their world in the time of Napoleon with three lectures on portraiture, Jacques-Louis David – painter of the French Revolution and decorative arts at the Napoleonic court. Speakers:  Dr Frank Heckes, Honorary Research Associate, La Trobe University | Jacques-Louis David: Painter of the French Revolution and of Napoleon Dr Vivien Gaston, Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne | Portraits of perfection: Ideal and reality in the Napoleonic era Dr Matthew Martin, Assistant Curator Decorative Arts and Antiquities, NGV | The…

Philosophy Short Course | Perspectives on Napoleon

Jean-Baptiste ISABEY (after) Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul, in the gardens of Malmaison 1804 coloured engraving 67.0 x 46.4 cm Napoleonmuseum Thurgau, Schloss und Park Arenenberg, Salenstein Acquisition 1975

Philosophy Course: Perspectives on Napoleon NGV International September 9, 16, 23 & 30 When asked in the 1970s if he thought the French Revolution had succeeded or failed, Mao Tse Tung famously answered ‘It’s too soon to tell’. The complexities of the compact knot of history from 1793 to 1812 are involved enough to allow of a multiplicity of interpretations and the decisions we make in making these interpretations remain in turn decisive for our self-understanding today. As a focal figure concentrating the contradictions of his times, Napoleon Bonaparte can himself be viewed…

Bastille Day at the NGV

FRANCE The storming of the Bastille prison and the arrest of its governor, Bernard-René de Launay, 14 July 1789 (Prise de la Bastille et arrestation du gouverneur M. de Launay, le 14 juillet 1789) (1789) oil on canvas 57.0 x 73.0 cm	 Versailles, musée national du château (MV 5517) © RMN (Château de Versailles) - Gérard Blot

Bastille Day at the NGV To celebrate Bastille Day this Saturday, July 14th, the NGV International will be open until midnight with all tickets to the current winter masterpiece exhibition Napoleon: Revolution to Empire only $10 each from 5pm till midnight (until sold out more details here). As well as the Napoleon exhibition there are a range of programs. Some highlights include: Tours of the NGV Heroes and Legends Volunteer Guided Tours at 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm & 8.30pm - Free, Meet Foyer, Ground Level NGV Collection Highlights Volunteer Guided…

Symposium | Circumnavigating Napoleon, National Gallery of Victoria

Jean-Baptiste ISABEY (after) Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul, in the gardens of Malmaison 1804 coloured engraving 67.0 x 46.4 cm Napoleonmuseum Thurgau, Schloss und Park Arenenberg, Salenstein Acquisition 1975

Circumnavigating Napoleon Symposium at NGV International, 21st July Leading international and local speakers will address key themes of the exhibition Napoleon: Revolution to Empire. Josephine and Malmaison – Dr Bernard Chevallier, leading Napoleon scholar Napoleon’s Propaganda, Artists and Horses – Jill, Duchess of Hamilton, author of Marengo, the Myth of Napoleon’s Horse Making Sense of Napoléon - Prof Peter McPhee, The University of Melbourne Napoleon’s Bad Behaviour - Assoc Prof Philip Dwyer, University of Newcastle Francois Péron and Terre Napoleon - Edward Duyker, Adjunct Professor, Australian Catholic University Napoleon’s Artists in Egypt and…

What are you looking at? | David R. Marshall, The Napoleon Exhibition at the NGV International


The Napoleon Exhibition by David R. Marshall The Napoleon: Revolution to Empire exhibition is now on at the National Gallery of Victoria. Here I want to muse a little on a few works that caught my eye at the opening. That this exhibition is about Napoleon is hard to miss, with his name in giant illuminated letters near the entrance and a huge banner of David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps on the side of the NGV. In this respect the exhibition represents a departure for the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series…

Exhibition | Napoleon: Revolution to Empire, NGV International

Jacques Louis-David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps.

Napoleon: Revolution to Empire NGV International, June 2nd to 7th October 2012 This year’s Melbourne Winter Masterpiece, Napoleon: Revolution to Empire, has opened at the National Gallery of Victoria International. The exhibition traces the career of Napoleon Bonaparte from the latter part of the French Revolution through his rise to Emperor and to his exile to St Helena in 1815. The exhibition includes a number of exceptional paintings, with a particular emphasis on portraits of Napoleon, his family and various important people from the Napoleonic era. There is also a…

Symposium | Napoleon: Revolution to Empire

Jacques Louis-David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps.

Napoleon: Revolution to Empire Leading international and local speakers will address key themes of the exhibition, including the surprising connections between France and Australia. Topics addressed will include the history of the Fondation Napoléon (the NGV’s partner and principal lender to this extraordinary exhibition) and its rich collections; Napoleon’s Coronation in 1804 and its music; France’s fascination with Australia in the period 1770–1820; and Napoleon’s 1812 Russian Campaign. Speakers Welcome Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director, NGV Victor-André Masséna, Prince d’Essling, Fondation Napoléon Duc de Rivoli, President, Fondation Napoléon Peter Hicks, Chargé…

What are you looking at? | Mark Shepheard – Nicolas Poussin, The Crossing of the Red Sea

Nicolas Poussin The Crossing of the Red Sea 1632-34  oil on canvas, 155.6 x 215.3 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne  Felton Bequest, 1948

Nicolas Poussin, The Crossing of the Red Sea, 1633-34 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Poussin’s Crossing of the Red Sea was once something of a problem painting. Indeed, its exact relationship to the pendant Adoration of the Golden Calf (National Gallery, London) has made great fodder for undergraduate essay questions. The two works, clearly related in content and—as we shall see—origin have often been seen as quite dissimilar in composition and style, and these differences were once taken to indicate that the two paintings date from slightly different periods in…