Young Italian Woman at a Table, Paul Cézanne. About 1895, oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Toward a Modern Beauty: Manet, Gauguin, Cézanne

The 2016 Getty Museum Distinguished Lectures


Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Recent art history has increasingly focused on the social and political context of French modernism, largely ignoring the new forms of beauty championed by the Impressionists and other avant-garde artists of the last two decades of the 19th century. In the inaugural Getty Museum Distinguished Lecture series, leading scholar of Impressionism Richard Brettell selects three paintings at the Getty by Édouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cézanne, each representing a single human figure and addressing a radically new and different form of beauty that was based both on rigorous analysis of past pictorial ideals and on the particular conditions of modernity of interest to each artist. Together these lectures offer a radically new pictorialization of beauty in French modern painting. At the conclusion of this talk, Edward Goldman, host of KCRW's "Art Talk," joins Brettell to discuss the lectures.

Sunday, February 28, 3:00 p.m.: Édouard Manet, Jeanne (Spring)

Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 p.m.: Paul Gauguin, Arii Matamoe (The Royal End)

Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.: Paul Cézanne, Young Italian Woman at a Table

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