Leader: Marianna Archambault, assisted by Joannah Skucek
Description: There are many ways of looking at pictures: by period, by school of art, by subject matter, and others. In this course we will view the works of several outstanding artists and see how their use of color, light, perspective, and composition made their work memorable and, in some cases, much loved and valued: Rembrandt, his use of color and light (chiaroscuro) and composition especially in his group portraits; Van Gogh, his use of brilliant color and line; Caillebotte, whose non-traditional points of view continue to fascinate; Turner and his outbursts of light, and the way much of what he worked out was absorbed and used by the Impressionists who closely followed him.
Most of the artists are well known (as you see, most are either French or Dutch), span several centuries, and each week we will concentrate on one or two of them focusing on that aspect that seemed to intrigue them most, in an effort to contrast and get a better understanding from their various works.
No background in art is necessary.
Biography: Marianna Archambault is a retired Professor of Modern Languages from Bucknell University. Trained originally in French history and criticism, she went on to specialize in Italian and French art and lectured frequently to Bucknell students and alumni abroad..
Materials for course: I will distribute weekly handouts for you to read and to focus our discussions. If you have access to a general book of art (The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich is a classic, but there are many others), any reading you do about the artists or the period mentioned will of course be of benefit to you. The Internet is another source for background material.
Number of participants:
Location: RidgeCrest at RiverWoods, Creative Arts Room
Meeting time: Thursdays, February 27 through April 3, 2014, 10 -11:30 a.m.
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