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 2018, Arty Fridays will cover the transformation of the arts during the “Old Regime” of France, an era that saw a dramatic evolution in artistic movements.  Beginning in the middle ages under the patronage of the church, the arts evolved over time through the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment and the Revolution.

Arty Fridays will travel through a thousand years of French Art history, focusing on artists in the Kingdom of France, from anonymous medieval artists to 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 work also expanded dramatically, together with their vision of the world and its visual representation. Florence Thiriot will present these diverse art movements over 5 talks through the year.

In 2015, the Alliance Française de Brisbane launched  a series of friendly conferences presented by our art specialist, Florence Thiriot (see below).

Whether you already have some knowledge of 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. 

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 Française de Brisbane who 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 exploring art across Europe, West Africa and finally Australia.

Florence will not just share her passion for French Art art with you, she'll give you an insight into the history and context surrounding art 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 16th FEBRUARY - 6.30pm

What an  outstanding fate of that Ambroise Vollard , the Art dealer who revealed Cézanne, Renoir, Gauguin and Matisse, but also and especially Picasso, whom he encouraged  to realize the most beautiful series of engravings of the XXth century,  including the famous  Vollard  “Suite” (continuation), currently on display at GOMA.

In this Arty Friday, Florence Thiriot will relate the tale and influence of a visionary man, a mythical art dealer,  the ultimate collector’s eye, who played a major role in the recognition  of Modern Art and organized  the first exhibitions  of Van Gogh, Cézanne , Gauguin and the Nabis, Picasso, Matisse...

Order your tickets for this session here:
AF Members
Non AF Members

Location: Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End

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.   During the Revolution, educated revolutionaries aspired to new aesthetics, and a series of discoveries in Pompeii had considerable influence on artistic movements in the late 18Thcentury.

David was both a key actor and a witness to the events of his time.  Closely involved in revolutionary politics and a fervent supporter of Napoleon, he went in exile when Napoleon lost power and was succeeded by the 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

Contact Us

Alliance Francaise de Brisbane
262 Montague Road,
West End, QLD 4101.

Tel: (61-7) 3844 4460
E-mail: info@afbrisbane.com

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 9.00 am to 6.30 pm
Saturday: 8.00 am to 12.30 pm
Closed Saturdays outside teaching terms.


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Chermside QLD - 4032

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Brisbane QLD 4000

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