Metropolitan Museum of Art: From Impressionism to Cubism with Christian Breed
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Discover the roots of Modern painting, in the timeless works of 19th-Century France, through a discussion of works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Together we will explore the post-revolution artistic freedoms that allowed artists such as Courbet and Manet to depict scenes of everyday life.
Our conversation will examine the radical influence that Japanese art had on the work of Monet, Van Gogh, and Gauguin, as well as the advent of Cezanne’s “constructivist brushstroke”, and how this paved the way for Picasso and Cubism. Our expert will guide us through thoughtful analysis of the effect that African masks had on French art in the era. Themes of the outsider and colonialism will also be explored in relation to these artists.
Led by a Professor of Art History at the School of Visual Arts in New York, this seminar is designed to inspire curiosity as well as future visits to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Participants will acquire a full sense of the development of French Impressionism, its roots in African art, and how it laid the groundwork for Cubism.
Christian Breed is a professor of Art History at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004, an MFA from Hunter College (CUNY) in 2017, and an Advanced Curatorial Certificate from Hunter College (CUNY) in 2017. He worked and exhibited in Italy from 2003-2012, and his work has been included in the exhibitions Wet Paint (curated by Harry Cooper) at the Workhouse Arts Center, Virginia (2017), Hunter College MFA Thesis Exhibition (2017), Premio Razzano, Museo del Arte Contemporanea del Sannio (2011), Apeiron (solo), Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea (2009), Biennale Giovani, Villa Reale, Monza (IT)(2009), and Premio Maretti, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Della Repubblica di San Marino (RSM) (2005). He is a recipient of the 2015 Kossak Travel Grant, and is co-curator of Copy Translate Repeat, from the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (2018).