Art Lectures (available in English or French)
about color: Van Gogh in France.
1886 and 1890, Vincent Van Gogh moved to France. In these five years
which marked the end of his life, he feverishly painted one of the
most thrilling body of work of the history of art, while also falling
will tell this unique story of a man carried by an incredible
interior force towards creation.
Picasso, Chagall: call of the sun on the Cote d'Azur
and after WW2, the cote d'Azur, the French Riviera, became the home
of famous artists: Matisse, Picasso, Chagall among many others, were
attracted to its mellow climate and the vivid colors of the
Mediterranean coast, and spent there their last years. They created
joyful works, while influencing forever a cultural life that still
speaks to our hearts today.
Delacroix: Orientalism and Revolutions
of the artist as a young romantic: After the Napoleonic odyssey,
France went into social and political turmoil, while also
carving an empire. Delacroix was an energetic
idealist who accompanied -and led many- of the changes of his time
while creating a unique body of work, full of raw energy.
An eccentric Genius who became one of the best Impressionists while never fully being one
Nouvel and the new French architecture
of the starchitects of the world, Pritzker price Jean Nouvel reinvents himself on every project since 1970. Influenced by
cinema, art or science, his buildings show a unique approach to context. He influenced a
new generation of architects.
La belle et la bete.
the midst of the industrial revolution, life can be both the hardest
and the most refined. Lautrec debunks the cult of feminine beauty of
the Belle Epoque. We ll look at the reality and the myth.
invention of Light: Claude Monet and the impressionists
impressionists have reinvented how we see nature. We will examine how
it happened, why it was so important and, through a few paintings,
the unravelling that led Monet and his followers to change the course
call of Freedom, in art and in life
the Artistic Odyssey.
and Arts of two geniuses at work together to build their mutual
glory, and change history.
French design: Philippe Starck, and the others
do you design a juicer, a plastic chair, a yacht? Starck has an
answer: just reinvent the concept for each project. His bigger than
life personality and success opened the door to young
French designers who embrace new materials and ideas
Michelangelo and Rodin are still today the reference of sculptors all over the world. How do you create such a legacy?
Edward Hopper in Paris, an American artist follows, and then breaks tradition
A young painter makes his Grand Tour to
the artistic capital of the world, but unlike previous others, he will
outgrow it, building on what he saw to become one of the greatest
American painters of the 20th century. What did he see there by the way?
Le Douanier Rousseau. Painting from the Heart
do not need formal artistic training if you paint from real feelings
thought this Customs officer. Today his works hang in the greatest
museums and his unique style influenced generations of the Avant-Garde
artists as well as the Peintres du Dimanche
Palace of Versailles: Order on the edge of chaos
was the noblest and most famous palace in the world. We ll examine
how and why it was created, and what life there was for the one
hundred years before the French Revolution
Mont Saint Michel: 800 years in the making
709AD, monks and villagers started building an abbey on the sea.
Stone by stone, among wars and regime changes, through
Romanesque, then Gothic and Baroque styles, they elevated one of the
best recognized monuments in the world
The beautiful museum that explains a
century of ideas and Art
Loved and loathed, the oldest city in France has been a hotspot for creation, joie de vivre and for the Maffia since 200BC
plus beaux villages de France
receives 70 millions tourists every year. Not all go to Paris, many
head to typical villages of Normandy, Burgundy, Alsace,
Provence...each with its different style, its tradition,
geology, climate and sense of harmony.
the Impressionists in Normandy
One of the most celebrated regions of France was also the birthplace of one of the most famous artistic movements in history. That was not mere chance
The myth and the reality behind the Moulin Rouge
le Vicomte, a rival of Versailles
visionary redefined style
for two centuries and caused his own demise
Germain 1950s: Sartre, Cubism and Jazz music
five years of war, an explosion of life and creativity mixing
European and American culture happens in Paris
Valley Chateaux: Leisure and pleasure
the end of the Middle-Ages, the kings of France re-invent an Art de
Vivre for the elite not seen in Europe since Roman times on the banks
of the Loire Valley.
a provincial town open to the world
birthplace of the most famous French wines is also a beautiful and
very special city
The Beauty and attraction of Nice.
A beautiful site and rich history of people and drama concurred to make the most Italian city
of France a favorite of royalty and visitors. Once you see it, you will
always remember Nice and keep it in your heart.
Joan of Arc, Flaubert and the Norman conquest
just the impressionists, the capital of the Normandy duchy has also
played a major role in the
history of Europe
of light: Chartres and the Gothic cathedral
Gothic cathedral is a major achievement of Western Art, and Chartres
one of its finest examples.
seems supernatural, and yet was created by a few generations of men, pushed by the highest vision and ingeniosity.
We examine principles of its architecture, sculpture and glass
work, and the conditions that allowed that masterpiece to rise.
French Renaissance. How to become the center of the world:
century France decided to take over as the cultural center of the
world. How did it succeed?
and Paris: the birth of the modern city
the beginning of the19th century Paris was falling into desherence.
We examine how in twenty years the decisive action of two men,
NapoleonIII and Eugene Haussmann have changed this course to bring a
whole city into modernity and made it for a century the cultural
center of the world.
in stone: the Romanesque Abbeys from Provence
century Provence underwent the construction of the Three Sisters,
three beautiful cistercian abbeys of a sober aesthetic which
emphasize volume, light, and fine masonry in a marvelous setting. We
will examine the functioning of the network of abbeys, the day to
day life and the importance they had in diffusing knowledge in
Louis, two centuries of architecture and styles, Louis 13,14,15,16
it is good to be the king! Now learn how not to mix your Louis
Eiffel: Art in the Industrial Revolution
The Eiffel tower is one of the most recognizable monuments in the
world, but at the time of the industrial revolution it was also an
unmatched feat of engineering, heralding societal change. We will examine its construction, and also others
such as the Statue of Liberty or the Panama Canal and examine how
Eiffel was a visionary designer.
riches heures du Duc de Berry: Life in the Middle-Ages
The most beautiful illuminations of the Middle-Ages, this 15th century book of
hours gives us a window on dayly
life in a misunderstood
period. How was people life, what did they think about Art,
Spirituality and life, were they different or like us?
Les Grands travaux de Mitterand, a French tradition of city planning:
Love it or hate it, State intervention has been a way of improving French cities since Louis the 14th.
Never was it more obvious in recent history than under President
Francois Mitterand's “Grand travaux” in Paris, undertook at the time of
Capital of the 19th century.
and policies that shaped the most important city of its time in the century when it was the center of the world
Why and how Art and politics changed forever around the French Revolution
World Fairs, the Eiffel tower and more: At
the end of the 19th
century Paris world fairs were a showcase of industry, culture and
all the discoveries of the modernity
WW1 and art. Death, Struggle and Renewal:
a hundred years ago, the US joined one of the most gruesome fights in
human history that also changed forever Western civilization, and art.
It ended an era and laid the bases for Modernity
on Earth, the Art of Classical French gardens
the 17th century, Andre Le Notre drew on a long tradition
of European gardens to create the jardins a la Francaise.
lifelong search for an balance between baroque and classicism, Nature
and Order, Liberty and Despotism was fruitful, the gardens of
Versailles still gives us a universal
sense of equilibrium. It also had a strong influence on American
Baker: an American conquers the heart of Paris
WW1 Paris was enthralled in all things American and the youthful
ambition of a true young lady.
and Prehistoric Art:
dawn of abstract thinking, the birth of Art
deco: Old world meets new world
WW2, Art becomes global, led by transport. Mixing
individual comfort and search for beauty, Art Deco spreads from Paris
to all corners of world, creating crafts and arts whose quality is
unmatched, and still influences modernity today.
Design, Movement, and how transportation can change the organization
of a Country.
nouveau: Arts and crafts movement in Europe.
the end of the 19th
century, France, as well as England and Germany, face a renewal of
Arts and techniques led by the industrial revolution that hinge
tradition into modernity. We ll compare these movements and
appreciate the beautiful objects they created.
in Paris: Picasso, Dali and "friends"
the roaring 20s, political turmoil in Europe and the appeal of a new
modernity attract all ambitious painters to Paris. They will create
cubism, surrealism, and many other -isms. We ll examine the
influences that led these two most famous Spaniards to revolutionize
in Paris: Bohemian artists' attraction
WW1 and WW2, Paris is the unchallenged center of creation and
attracts the best artists, as in the Woody
Allen movie. We ll see why they came, their life, and how in a few
years they cross-influenced each other to create our modernity.
Walking the Camino
de Compostella and Vezelay from the Middle-Ages to Today
Niepce, Daguerre and the revolution of the Images that happened suddenly in France and the US
the most famous comic book in the world: A
paper hero who explains much of the history of the 20th
the spirit of Frenchness
most popular comic book in France tells us a lot on how the French see
and the world
Je suis Charlie became a rally cry for freedom of thought after the 2015 attack, but Charlie had been around for 40years and is part of a a much older tradition of satirical political caricature in French culture
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