Painting by Edouard Manet, titled The Monet Family in their Garden at Argenteuil

$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Monday, May 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST
  • Tuesday, June 10, 2021 at 10:00 am EST
  • Monday, July 5, 2021 at 10:00 am EST

The Impressionists captured modern people and the way they lived. Food was essential to the visual stories they told. Painters in the second half of the 1800s found inspiration in a recently renovated Paris, and in new ways to escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, too. With easier access to the countryside, painters like Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir journeyed to find fleeting moments of informal pleasure. Many of their paintings, not surprisingly, featured parties with food and drink at the center. In this program, you will hear the stories (and scandals) behind some of the most celebrated Impressionist scenes of both picnics and guinguettes.

You will:

  • Gain insights into the Impressionists’ innovative techniques.
  • Understand the concept of painting en plein air.
  • Hear what informal pleasures like picnics and guinguettes tell us about Parisian society in the 1800s.
  • Learn more about party and food rituals in this period of French history.
  • See contemporary traces of Impressionist dining and sociability, to spark your curiosity for your next trip to France.

Your educator Amanda Herold-Marme, is an art historian with a Ph.D. from Paris’s Institut d’Etudes Politiques. A Parisian resident for nearly 20 years, she has taught in Parisian universities and in its many museums, for Paris Muse. She now works for the estate of the Spanish sculptor Julio González and painter Roberta González. Amanda has always been fascinated by exiles who chose Paris as home. A recognized specialist on that topic, Amanda was a contributing author to the exhibition publications Guernica (Musée Picasso, Paris) Lost, Loose & Loved: Foreign Artists in Paris, 1944-1964 (Reina Sofia, Madrid) and Exilio Republicano Español 1939 (Spanish Ministry of Justice).

You can also sign up for our series Food in Art.

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Image: Édouard Manet, The Monet Family in Their Garden at Argenteuil, 1874, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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