First annual Violette de Mazia Lecture at the Barnes Foundation Soutine: Sources and Legacy

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SOLD OUT - This series illuminates the educational principles to which Ms. de Mazia dedicated her life: social progress through art and aesthetic education.

Although many people seeing the paintings of Chaim Soutine for the first time find his compositions disorganized, non-traditional, and incomprehensible, Dr. Richard Wattenmaker argues that Soutine used his profound knowledge of artistic tradition and his predecessors as the basis for his own original and unique work. He illustrates the immense influence Soutine had on other artists, European and American, including those whose debt to him has not been acknowledged.

Richard Wattenmaker, a widely recognized authority on late 19th- and early 20th-century modern art, is a former student and instructor at the Barnes Foundation. He is the author of American Paintings and Works on Paper in the Barnes Foundation (2010), and a contributor to the catalogue accompanying the exhibition of ironwork from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles in Rouen, France, that opens at the Barnes Foundation in fall 2015.

Wine and cheese reception follows the talk.
April 26, 2015
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free; registration required

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Image Credit: Chaim Soutine (Russian, active in France, 1893–1943). Bouquet of Flowers (Bouquet de fleurs), c. 1918. Oil on canvas, 26 × 21 3/8 in. (66 × 54.3 cm). BF125. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo © 2015 The Barnes Foundation