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Docent Lecture: "Monet: The Early Years", by Carol Porter

Claude Monet, La Grenouillère, 1869
February 26, 2017 -
2:30pm3:30pm

Monet: The Early Years is the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s (French, 1840–1926) career. Through approximately sixty paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist’s development during his formative years of 1858 to 1872. In this period, the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique, creating striking works that manifested his interest in painting textures and the interplay of light upon surfaces.

Docent Lecture: "Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation", by Charlotte Read

Auguste Rodin, The Age of Bronze (detail), 1877
February 26, 2017 -
12:30pm1:30pm

Marking the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death in 1917, the Legion of Honor presents a new installation of its extraordinary Rodin holdings in the exhibition, Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation. Approximately 50 objects in bronze, marble, and plaster—all from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection—are presented in a new context.

Docent Lecture: "Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation", by Charlotte Read

Auguste Rodin, The Age of Bronze (detail), 1877
February 7, 2017 -
11:30am12:30pm

Marking the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death in 1917, the Legion of Honor presents a new installation of its extraordinary Rodin holdings in the exhibition, Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation. Approximately 50 objects in bronze, marble, and plaster—all from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection—are presented in a new context.

Docent Lecture: "Thirty Minute Spotlight: French Artists Look at Women", by Rita Dunlay

Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun, Hyacinthe Gabrielle Roland, Marchioness Wellesley, (formerly Countess of Mornington), 1791
February 7, 2017 -
1:00pm1:30pm

This lecture offers a chronological look at images of women by French artists in the Legion of Honor’s collection. These works span nearly 400 years and reflect not just the individual artist, but also the concerns and interests of the period in which they were completed.

Guest Lecture: "Monet and the Brotherhood of the Atelier Gleyre", by Kimberly A. Jones

Frédéric Bazille, "Bazille's Studio", or "The Studio on the rue la Condamine", 1870
May 7, 2017 -
2:00pm3:00pm

In 1863, Claude Monet entered the art studio of the Swiss painter Charles Gleyre where he first met aspiring and like-minded young artists such as Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Frédéric Bazille. This lecture explores the important role that these relationships had on the development of Monet's early career, and how this collaborative environment ultimately led to the birth of the artistic movement now known as Impressionism.

Docent Lecture: "The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France", by Rita Dunlay

Le Nain, Peasants before a House, ca. 1640
January 3, 2017 -
11:30am12:30pm

The Le Nain brothers – Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu – were celebrated painters in Paris in the early 17th century. Little is known of their lives; unmarried and childless, they lived and worked together, producing some of the most arresting paintings of their time. This exhibition features more than 50 of their works, from religious paintings to enigmatic scenes of peasant life.

Docent Lecture: "Thirty Minute Spotlight: The Extraordinary Phenomenon of 17th-Century Dutch Painting", by Victoria Kirby

Joan van Noordt, Susanna and the Elders, ca. 1670
January 3, 2017 -
11:30am12:00pm

The 17th-century Dutch Golden Age is one of the most extraordinary periods in art history. This talk will explain why Holland had such a rich output of paintings and discuss at least one portrait, genre scene, landscape, marine painting, still life, and biblical scene in the Legion’s outstanding collection.

Guest Lecture: "Looking Closely at Le Nain", by Alexander Nemerov

Alexander Nemerov. Photo by Bob Richman
January 8, 2017 -
2:00pm3:00pm

A close investigation of a single painting in the exhibition, The Card Players, c. 1640–45, oil on canvas (Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, France).

Alexander Nemerov is the Department Chair and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.

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