Journée d’étude : « L’impressionnisme et la Politique » (Giverny, 23 mai 2014)

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Musée des impressionnismes Giverny, May 23, 2014

L'Impressionnisme et la Politique

Some of the most challenging readings of French Impressionism have
claimed that this movement was intrinsically political; that politics,
in particular class relationships, lay at its core. Anglo-Saxon
scholarship in particular has highlighted the strong political
implications of the French Impressionist movement in the 1870s, and
linked the group’s dissolution in the 1880s to its retreat from
politics. The scenes of bourgeois private and urban entertainment
produced by American artists in an Impressionist style one generation
later seem patently unconcerned with politics. Does the transformation
of French Impressionism into an international style evacuate all
possible forms of social critique at a moment when the art market
itself was becoming international? Was the political voice of American
Impressionism only to be heard in claims to “picture the nation” or
were other, perhaps more subtle, messages at work?


Opening and welcome
Marina Ferretti, Musée des impressionnismes Giverny
Veerle Thielemans, Terra Foundation for American Art

Session 1: Facing History
Moderator: Frances Fowle, Senior Curator, Scottish National Gallery, 
and Reader, University of Edinburgh

"Paris in the Age of Impressionism: From the Second Empire to the Dreyfus Affair"
Philip Nord, Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton University

"La 'Révolution de cathédrales' de Claude Monet, une 'révolution symbolique'"
Ségolène Le Men, Professeur d’histoire de l’art, 
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France

"Monet and the Wreckage of History"
André Dombrowski, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania


Session 2: Negotiating the Present
Moderator: Katherine Bourguignon, Associate Curator, Terra Foundation for American Art

"Impressionist Lights: Paintings and the Transatlantic Politics of Electric Illumination"
S. Hollis Clayson, Professor of Art History and History, Northwestern University

"Mary Cassatt’s Women: Politics and Art"
Judith Barter, Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of American Art,
The Art Institute of Chicago

More information available at:

Buses to and from Giverny from Paris and from Rouen will be provided free of charge on 
a first-come first-served basis. Bus reservation isrequired via
Buses will depart from Paris and Rouen at 8:30, arrival at Giverny 10:00. Departure from
Giverny at 5:45, arrival in Paris and Rouen at 7:15.

Simultaneous translation will be provided with the support of the 
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Délégation générale à
la langue française et aux langues de France.

Organized by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny,
and Université Paris Ouest-La Défense,
Laboratoire Histoire des arts et représentations, this symposium will be held in 
conjunction with the exhibition L’Impressionnisme et les Américains, 
on show at the museum until June 28, 2014.

Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny I 99 rue Claude Monet | 27620 Giverny |

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