Want to learn about French Art in a fun & friendly environment while sipping a glass of fine French wine?

Then join our  French Art Fridays !
 

In 2017, Arty Fridays will cover the Arts during the “Old Regime” of France, a millennium that saw dramatic mutations in artistic movements.  Begun in the middle ages under the patronage of the Church, the Arts evolved over time through the Renaissance awakening, the Age of enlightenment, and the revolutionary ideals.

Arty Fridays will travel through a thousand years of French Art history, to present Artists in the Kingdom of France, from anonymous medieval artists until the romantic and passionate painters of the early 19th century.  Over this extensive period, the role of artists and their position in society developed significantly.  The subjects of their works also expanded dramatically, together with their vision of the world and its visual representation, and Florence Thiriot will introduce their diversity and evolution over 5 talks through the year.

The Alliance Française de Brisbane launched in 2015 a series of friendly conferences led by Florence Thiriot (our art specialist. cf description below).
Whether you already have some knowledge in Art History or just an interest in the area, these talks are sure to bring you something new!


Check out the program below and order your tickets online on the links. 


 
PRICE/SESSION (including a glass of French wine!)
: $25 for AF members / $30 for non members


Florence Thiriot  is a French teacher at the Alliance Français de Brisbane and is passionate about art.

She comes from a family of Art specialists and took her passion for visual arts across several continents.  After growing up in the shadow of the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Florence spent her life between Europe, West Africa and finally Australia.

Not only will Florence transmit you her passion for French Art art but she will also give you lots of insights about the context in France (sociological, political etc..)  as well as an insider’s guide to the best museums and galleries in Paris (not just the Musée d’Orsay or the Pompidou Center!).
 


Friday 23 June - 6.30pm
Medieval Arts

The Middle-Ages, a vast period of almost 1000 years between the antiquity and the Renaissance, is often perceived as Dark Ages and an artistic desert, when commoners fought for survival under the tutelage of illiterate war lords.

This talk will focus on the Romanesque and Gothic periods, which covers the second half of the Middle-Ages. Both styles initiated in France and spread through Europe, each with distinctive features in architecture, sculpture and painting.  Artistic works had to inspire and glorify Christianity, while telling stories the vastly illiterate population could understand. This approach lead to the creation of magnificent buildings of striking architecture and lavish decoration, and Florence Thiriot will present its most striking representations

Tickets for this session:
 
- $25 for AF members :    ORDER ONLINE
- $30 for non members:  ORDER ONLINE

Friday 08 September - 6.30pm
French Renaissance

 

The Renaissance movement started late in France, in the late 15th century.  The 100 Year War between France and England prevented the development of a cultural and artistic movement that started in Italy and the Flanders almost a century earlier, and the initial artistic changes in France were often carried out by Italian or Flemish artists.

Renaissance in France is a period in Europe cultural history that represents a break from the Middle Ages, the birth of a modern understanding of humanity and its place in the World.
In this session, Florence Thiriot will present the development of the Renaissance movement in France through its most famous architectural and pictorial achievements.

Tickets for this session:
 
- $25 for AF members :    ORDER ONLINE
- $30 for non members:  ORDER ONLINE

Friday 27 October - 6.30pm
France Great Century

 

The XVIIth century in France is closely linked to the absolutism of King Louis XIV, who built Versailles and intended making France the most powerful kingdom on Hearth.    Louis XIV had a less exuberant vision for the Arts than the Baroque that prevailed elsewhere in Europe and promoted a classic vision in Versailles’ architecture, decoration and landscape.

The construction of Versailles under Louis XIV, took over 50 years and several officially appointed artists like Le Brun devoted their talents to the promotion of the Sun King enterprises.  But aside from their official works, they joined other more free spirited artists flourishing under the patronage of the Church and the aristocracy.  Those painters, like George de la Tour, Lorrain, Poussin and others, travelled extensively in Europe before settling back at home and Florence Thiriot will introduce some of the many artists of France’s “Great Century”.

Tickets for this session:
 
- $25 for AF members :    ORDER ONLINE
- $30 for non members:  ORDER ONLINE

Friday 1 December - 6.30pm
French Revolution & the age of Romantics


Pre-revolutionary French Arts was rather frivolous in its subject matter and highly ornamental.   With the Revolution, the educated revolutionaries aspired to new aesthetics, and the discoveries in Pompeii had considerable influence on artistic movements in the late 18Thcentury.

David was both actor and witness of his time.  Closely involved in revolutionary politics and fervent supporter of Napoleon, he went in exile when Napoleon lost power and was succeeded by younger Delacroix and Gericault, who became leaders of the French Romantic movement.  Together they produced large scale paintings that were dramatic, passionate, inspirational, often nationalistic and always highly emotional.  Florence Thiriot will focus on some monumental works from those passionate artists in her last session for the year.

Tickets for this session:
 
- $25 for AF members :    ORDER ONLINE
- $30 for non members:  ORDER ONLINE




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