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Special Lecture: "Figures in a Landscape: The Beauty of Pissarro's People," by James Housefield

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"Figures in a Landscape: The Beauty of Pissarro's People," special lecture by James Housefield

Florence Gould Theater
2:00–3:00 p.m.

Like his fellow impressionists, Camille Pissarro (1830–1903) found new types of beauty in the French landscape. Yet Pissarro forged a distinct approach to Impressionism through the integration of figures into the landscape. Pissarro's art thus paved new ways to depict the complex geographies of modern France. This illustrated lecture examines how Pissarro's idea of beauty embraced the human transformation of the landscape. 

James Housefield, a scholar of modern French art and design, teaches at the University of California, Davis. He has lectured to accompany the de Young's recent exhibitions Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay, Balenciaga and Spain, and Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. Housefield is completing a book about the inspiration of geography and astronomy for the art and design creations of Marcel Duchamp.

Ticket Information

Free after museum admission. Seating is limited and first come, first served. No reservations required or taken.


Contact Information

Andrea Martin
amartin@famsf.org