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Friday 22 March 2019 – The Seine Estuary Capturing the 19th Century Imagination

Lecturer: Carole Petipher

The ever changing sky and sparkling Seine estuary where sky, sea and earth seem to fuse, attracted the 19th artists, writers and musicians. Through the guidance of the “Master of the Skies” Eugène Boudin, Monet took his first ever painting lesson in the open air here. A new way of approaching art was opened up resulting in Impressionism. This lecture will look at the host of artists who flocked to the picturesque harbour of Honfleur and its surroundings to capture, in Baudelaire’s words, “this green and rose vastness which goes to my head like an intoxicating drink”.