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French Impressionism & An Introduction to the Gang at Café Guerbois

An introduction to late-19th-century French art and the lively group of artistic renegades frequenting the cafés of Paris’ Batignolles quarter. Artists like Manet, Renoir, Degas, Monet, and Pissarro met at the Café Guerbois for raucous debates and revelled in modern café life. These artists, while famous now, were then a band of outsiders, criticized and often disregarded by the establishment. The Groupe des Batignolles - Manet and his followers - radically rejected accepted artistic norms and experimented with new ideas, new techniques, and bold new themes.

Join curator Sarah Jones as she introduces the next phase in our Jones Gallery Lecture Series, this time looking at Impressionism and other trends in 19th-century French art. This lecture sets the stage for an ongoing discussion of French Impressionism, and we will look broadly at the historical and artistic circumstances that allowed the gang at Café Guerbois to change everything the world knew about art.

Art history lectures at Jones Gallery are free and open to the public. Donations ($10-15 suggested) to support the ongoing lecture series are gratefully accepted.