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“Desire and Voluptuousness: The Representation of Women in the Victorian Era”


By Béa Aaronson I had the privilege to be in Paris, my native city, when the Jacquemart André Museum, on Boulevard Haussmann, was offering a different kind of art exhibition. In a world harassed by noise, violence, angular visions, suicidal installations, and stress —  here was a collection of Victorian paintings depicting amorously languishing women, [...]

Arnie Reisman, the Subversive Storyteller

By Jo Sanders When Arnie Reisman was interviewing then-Governor Reagan for Reisman’s Oscar-nominated documentary on the Hollywood blacklists (“Hollywood on Trial”), it was about 20 years after Reagan had been president of the Screen Actors Guild at the height of the Red Scare. At that time, Reagan was helpfully feeding the FBI names of suspicious [...]

Melancholia: The Dark Side of Genius

LECT BEA Edward Hopper

By Bea Aaronson Melancholia is not an emotion. It is a mood that may lead to emotional disorders. But these emotional disorders are the fertile humus from which artists, poets, writers, and musicians draw their creative power. Usually defined as an abnormal state attributed to an excess of black bile, characterized by either a pensive [...]

David Lida on Another México


By Patricia Browne Hirschl “It never entered my mind that at forty-two I would die suddenly and unexpectedly while passing through a dicey no man’s land between where I’d been born and the home I’d made. It’s true that dying that way was congruent to the life I had been leading.” 2017 PEN Winter Lecture [...]

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

LECT BEA Woman lyinh on the back

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

Impression Sunrise

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”

Cossio del Pomar Piura

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

LECT BEA Precursors impressionism

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 [...]

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