Guest Lecture: "Monet and the Brotherhood of the Atelier Gleyre," by Kimberly A. Jones
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Frédéric Bazille, Bazille's Studio, or The Studio on the rue la Condamine, 1870. Musée d'Orsay, Paris
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
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.
Kimberly A. Jones received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 1996. A former museum fellow at the Musée national du Château de Pau and the Musée d'Orsay, she joined the curatorial staff of the National Gallery of Art in 1995.
Jones was a collaborator and catalogue coauthor for the exhibition Jean-Paul Laurens 1838–1921 peintre d'histoire, on view at the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée des Augustins, Toulouse (1997–1998). She has served as curator and catalogue author for a number of exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, including Degas at the Races (1998); Edouard Vuillard, National Gallery of Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée d'Orsay, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2003–2004); In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet (2008); From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection (2010–2011); Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art (2011); and Degas/Cassatt (2014). Her current project, Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism, an exhibition co-organized with the Musée Fabre in Montpellier and the Musée d’Orsay, opens at the National Gallery of Art in April 2017.
Jones has lectured and published articles on a number of topics related to French art of the 19th century and is currently overseeing the publication of the systematic catalogue of the Gallery’s collection of later 19th-century French paintings and is preparing an article on the “unfinished” work of Edgar Degas.
This program is free after museum general admission. Seating is first-come, first-served.
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