Museum Home Past Exhibitions The Prismatic Palette: Four Centuries of Watercolors

October 5, 2004–January 2, 2005 at the Getty Center


All events are free and are held in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or use the Reservation Info buttons below.


From Aix to L.A.: A Curator's Discovery of Cézanne
Lee Hendrix, Curator of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, describes her personal discovery of the art of Paul Cézanne. The journey begins in the ancient French city of Aix-en-Provence, where Cézanne's studio survives intact as he left it at his death in 1906. It ends in the high-tech laboratories of the Getty, where modern scientific instruments enable new insights into Cézanne's peerless mastery of the art of watercolor.

Sunday, November 7, 4:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium


Gordon Getty Concert
Correspondences: Cézanne and the Sound of Modernism
In turn-of-the-century Paris, artists shared their ideas about the new, often radical directions their work was taking. Both musicians and artists took a more abstract approach to sound, as well as form and color. Through a mixture of poetry, conversation, and music by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Erik Satie, Correspondences captures a moment in French history when artists and intellectuals mingled to produce an artistic revolution that culminated in Modernism. Tickets: $20; $15 students/seniors. Tickets are available at the Museum Information Desk or by calling (310) 440-7300.

Saturday, December 4, 8:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium

View of Walled City / Katzheimer

Artist-at-Work Demonstrations

Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the materials and techniques of watercolor as they evolved from the medium's roots in medieval manuscript painting to the free, expressive works of modern watercolorists. Free; no reservations necessary.

Thursdays: October 21 and 28; November 4, 11, and 18
Sundays: October 24 and 31; November 7, 14, and 21
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Museum Courtyard

Related Publication

Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors
By Carol Armstrong
Still Life with Blue Pot, now in the Getty's collection, is one of a series of stunning watercolors that Paul Cézanne produced late in life. In this 160-page survey written on the occasion of the exhibition Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors, scholar Carol Armstrong discusses Cézanne's work in relation to his artistic and psychological development and within the context of the still life genre in France.
(Cloth: $34.95)

Available in the Getty Bookstore or by calling (800) 223-3431 or (310) 440-7059.