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 1st December - 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 earth.    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

Early 2018 - date to be announced soon
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: available soon

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