Museum Home Past Exhibitions Sur le motif: Painting in Nature around 1800

September 23, 2008–March 8, 2009 at the Getty Center


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The Landscape Oil Sketch Seen from London
Christopher Riopelle, curator of paintings after 1800 at the National Gallery in London, offers new insights into the landscape oil sketch tradition based on his ongoing study of works collected in London. Riopelle points out areas of contact and complementarity between paintings in the National Gallery and those in the J. Paul Getty Museum, and discusses issues of attribution for these works done outdoors. Free; reservations required.

Sunday, December 7, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Gallery Course

Nature As It Is, or As It Ought to Be: The Great French Tradition of Landscape Painting in the Getty Museum
In this course, Mary Morton, associate curator, Department of Paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, highlights new acquisitions, discussing the creation of a new style of landscape painting and the revolt of painters against the grand tradition of the 17th through the 19th centuries. A guided gallery tour follows the lecture. Course fee $15. Open to 100 participants.

Friday, December 5, 2008, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall and Museum galleries

Italian Landscape / Corot

Curator's Gallery Talks

Mary Morton, associate curator, Department of Paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads gallery talks on the exhibition. Free; no reservations required. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

GettyGuide™ Audio Player

Curators reveal the interests of French Neoclassical landscape painters, from Valenciennes through Corot. Pick up an audio player in the Museum Entrance Hall.