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Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, The Court Painter of the Moulin Rouge

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By Bea Aaronson Born into an aristocratic and wealthy family, Toulouse Lautrec became one of the greatest post-impressionist painters. He was a powerful source of inspiration for future artists such as Picasso and Modigliani, as well as a forceful influence on art movements such as Fauvism and Expressionism. Lecture Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, The Court [...]

Claude Monet: An Eye In Movement

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By Béa Aaronson “Everything is ephemeral But the ephemeral is sometimes divine” -Ernest Renan Claude Monet is celebrated as the Father of Impressionism. His art reaches the essence of Impressionism… “L’intuition de l’instant,” the intuition of the instant, as the French Philosopher Gaston Bachelard, a great admirer and connaisseur of Monet’s work, so poetically said. [...]

The Luminous Vibrations of Life (or The Triumph of la Peinture Claire)


By Béa Aaronson Last week, we saw and understood how the Impressionist revolution took place. In this second part, we shall examine more closely the works of each individual painter, their similarities and their differences, and most of all I shall try to convey their crazed obsession in fixing on canvas those fleeting appearances which [...]

Lecture on “Felipe Cossío del Pomar, the Founder of Bellas Artes School”

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By Alberto Aveleyra The Friends of the Historic Museum of San Miguel and Bellas Artes invite you to the lecture “The Rescue Project of Felipe Cossío del Pomar, Life and Works, Founder of San Miguel´s School of Bellas Artes.” Lecture “Felipe Cossío del Pomar, Founder of Bellas Artes” Mon, Nov 28, 7pm Miguel Malo Auditorium [...]

“Americans in Paris: Foundations of America’s Architectural Gilded Age”


By Kitty Ellis What do New York’s Grand Central Terminal, the Boston Public Library, and California’s Hearst Castle have in common? They are all the works of American architects who trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris during what has been called the Gilded Age of American architecture. From the mid-19th century through the [...]

The Precursors of Impressionism

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By Béa Aaronson This is part one of my impressionist adventure, the retinal reality of the ephemeral. What is Impressionism? It’s like a bouquet of flowers. Each flower has differently shaped petals, different colors, different scents, but all together they form a bouquet. The bouquet is the group of Impressionist painters … and each flower [...]

Living Diversity

By William O. Gregg Diversity is part of the daily reality we all live. The expat community, for example, is a part of the diversity of San Miguel. What we know is that this daily experience is complicated, filled with qualities subtle and not so subtle. Multiple social media have added to the sense of [...]

Women in Icons: Emerging Voices

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By Mary Miller St Paul’s Anglican Church on calle Cardo will present a rare opportunity to spend time with Mary Jane Miller, a full-time resident of San Miguel de Allende who has 20 years’ experience creating classic iconography. Miller will casually discuss the ancient technique of egg tempera and the history of this forgotten art [...]

Surrealism Part Two, The Unconscious Revealed

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By Béa Aaronson In this second part of my surrealist adventure, I will guide you through the powerful work of many different artists. An array of paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, collages, and poem objects will await your gaze. Be ready for some truly disturbing, impactful images. Lecture “Surrealism Part Two, the Unconscious Revealed” By Béa [...]

Freud and Surrealism: Art Mapping the Unconscious

Chirico The Disquieting Muses

By Béa Aaronson “I believe in the future resolution of these two states which in appearance are so contradictory, that of the dream and that of reality, into a kind of absolute reality, a surreality, if one may call it such.” ⎯André Breton Surrealism is not a “school,” not a style. It is not just [...]

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