Virtual Art Seminar

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Jewish Artists of the Ecole de Paris

Discover Jewish Artists who Made their Mark on Modern Art 

 

In the early 20th century, drawn to the French capital by its museums, studios and salons, scores of Jewish artists flocked to Paris and revolutionized art. Our discussions will center on this unprecedented phenomenon and the international School of Paris (École de Paris), a vibrant and diverse artistic community on the Left Bank, wherein Jews played a formative role. In each class, we will learn about pioneering Jewish artists and their innovative styles and techniques in painting and sculpture. We will study prominent artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine, Jules Pascin, and more. We will also examine Jewish art dealers, collectors and intellectuals who reshaped the art world, including Gertrude Stein, Paul and Léonce Rosenberg, Daniel-Henry

Kahnweiler, and Berthe Weill.

No background in art necessary. All that's required is a curious mind. Sessions are led by Lauren Jimerson, PhD. 

Live From Paris, where we go beyond the Louvre!

Discover art that you won't see at the Louvre or the Orsay. Uncover art from private collections and museum storage.

Connect with people from around the world to explore art, history, and culture.

Next Session:

Saturdays at 10:30 am est, November 7th-December 5th

Examine Jewish Artists who Revolutionized Modern Art

What We'll Discuss

Ecole de Paris & Montparnasse


The "Ecole de Paris" was a vibrant, international artistic community in Montparnasse. Artists began to settle in this Parisian neighborhood in the nineteenth century, drawn by the tranquility of its natural surroundings and open space. By the turn of the twentieth century, the artist population in Montparnasse surpassed that of Montmartre, becoming a nexus of modern art production and cultural exchange. We will visit the neighborhood virtually to see where artists once congregated. We will study Jewish artists who played an active role in Montparnasse, including Marc Chagall, Otto Freundlich, Moïse Kisling, Jules Pascin and Chaim Soutine, all the while uncovering their myriad modern aesthetics.




Amedeo Modigliani & Chaïm Soutine


Modigliani's Italian-Sephardic background helped to shape a multivalent artistic identity, and led him to seek out multicultural forms in his quest to innovate the classical subjects of portraiture and the nude. We will discover the myriad sources that influenced his work, from African and Egyptian to ancient Cycladic, Sumerian, Khmer, and Greek art. We will examine the paintings and sculpture which he produced during his short but prolific career. Chaïm Soutine painted the mundane world around him - pastry cooks, windy landscapes, and slabs of rotten beef, in a powerfully expressive manner with copious applications of paint. He was virtually unknown until he caught the eye of collectors, Paul Guillaume and Albert Barnes.




Modern Jewish Sculptors - Lipchitz, Orloff and Zadkine


We will focus on an international group of Jewish artists in Paris who innovated sculpture at the beginning of the twentieth century. We will examine the work of Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973), Chana Orloff (1888-1968), and Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967). We will pay a virtual visit to the Musée Zadkine, the artist's former studio near the Jardin du Luxembourg. We will also learn about the abstract painter and sculptor, Otto Freundlich. His work was labeled "degenerate" by the Nazis. When he realized that the Nazis had destroyed his work, he faithfully recreated it, hoping to solidify his legacy.




Jewish Women Cubists


We will examine three female Cubists: Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), Alice Halicka (1894-1975) and Marie Vorobieff (Marevna) (1892-1984). Each artist forged new approaches within the Cubism. Inspired by color theory, Delaunay co-founded the Orphism art movement with her husband, Robert Delaunay, and was one of the first European artists to pursue abstraction. Combining elements of cubism with pointillism, Marevna created a style which she called "Dimensionalim." Halicka explored diverse styles, including her own form of abstract cubism during the war. During World War II, she wrote her memoir Hier, souvenirs (1946) in which she articulated her methodologies and recounted her experience as a woman artist in Paris.




Jewish Collectors, Dealers and Intellectuals


At the turn of the twentieth century, the art world witnessed sweeping changes. The antiquated system of juried Salons no longer held sway as a new gallery system emerged and transformed the ways in which artists exhibited and sold their work. We will examine Jewish art dealers, collectors and intellectuals who played a formative role in this radical reshaping of the world of art, including Paul and Léonce Rosenberg, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, and Berthe Weill. We will also discuss the prominent writer and collector, Gertrude Stein, and learn how she promoted modern artists.





- The Experience -

Connect with friends around the world to explore art, history and culture

Join us!

Next Session:

Saturdays at 10:30 am est, November 7th-December 5th

  • Webinars are sold in packs of 5 at 20 dollars per session.

  • Each webinar is limited to a maximum of 12 people to enable lively and engaging discussions.

  • Held on the same day and time each week, each session is 90 minutes.

  • No background in art necessary. All that's required is a curious mind. 

  • Feel free to invite friends!

Try the first session at no risk! If you decide not to continue with the webinar for any reason,

I will refund 100% of the remaining 4 sessions.

*To streamline the booking process, only one date appears in the booking system. However, the event is

a series of 5 seminars and your booking includes them all.*​

Join an intimate community of art enthusiasts or create your own experience exclusively for you and your friends. 

If you would like to propose a specific date and time, or if you have any questions, 

please contact me!

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