June 20th
Lecture Series: Metal Paint Tubes and Napoleon III: The Glory of France Gallery



Join us every Thursday of the month June-August and enjoy a deep dive into our collection! Lectures are free with cost of admission. SAM members always have free admission.

Metal paint tubes and Napoleon III: The Glory of France Gallery
June 20, 2024 - 1:00-1:45 pm

As you enter the gallery, you will find yourselves in Paris, France, the epicenter of the Art World in the 19th century. The French government ran the powerful French Academie of Fine Arts (Ecole des Beaux-Arts) where only two artistic styles, Neoclassicism and Romanticism, were taught, shown and sold to the public. These styles will be observed and discussed in the gallery. However, nearing the mid -19th century, a revolution in the art world was beginning to evolve due to various factors. One being the invention of metal paint tubes, allowing the artists to paint outdoors (en plein air). Did the academic art world accept this new style as fine art? Hardly, but this is where Napoleon III was surprising helpful.

Registration is not required, but requested. https://www.saginawartmuseum.org/.../summer-lecture-series/

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