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Fri, Apr 09


Online Webinar Course

Course: French Masters, 4 Weeks

Please join Alan for a chronological run through 4 extremely important French Master artists, each changing the course of art history in their own and characteristic ways of approaching the creation of an artwork. Each talk can we watched as an individual session too.

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Course: French Masters, 4 Weeks
Course: French Masters, 4 Weeks

Time & Location

Apr 09, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1

Online Webinar Course


About the Event

delivered by Alan Read

Please note this is a 4 week course, taking place on Fridays 11.00-12.00 (UK time)

Should the current situation change and we might be able to move these lectures into a physical space again, we will - while keeping the online option going for those reluctant or not near our chosen venue.


‘There comes a time when an artist of genius feels somehow swept along by his own capacities…I think I am that man’. Leader of the neo-classical school, heir to Poussin and pupil of David, Ingres was known for his history paintings but excelled as a portraitist and one of the greatest draughtsman of all time. Alan will consider all these aspects of Ingres’ work.


‘I am the proudest and most arrogant man in France’ wrote Courbet. He used those qualities to defy convention and challenge academic conventions and Alan will show how this resulted in a movement which radically altered the course of European art in the nineteenth century, including paintings which have not lost their power to shock.


‘No art is less spontaneous than mine’ claimed Degas who, despite being a driving force behind the movement, objected to being classed as an Impressionist. Instead, working primarily in the studio, Alan will demonstrate how Degas’s knowledge of Old Masters was fused with a fascination of modern life: ballet dancers, horse racing and bathing women.


‘Roped together like mountaineers’ is how Braque characterised his relationship with Picasso in the development of Cubism. But his career was multi-faceted, and Alan will take us from his early association with Fauvism through to some of the most richly complex still lifes of the twentieth century.

Please note that once you pay you will get an email confirming your payment. This email will also contain a link for the online lecture.

  • Make sure the latest version of Chrome is installed on your computer as your browser, this will improve the quality of the streaming (it does not like Safari)
  • You can confirm the download and upload speeds on your device, by going to, 3 Mbps or greater is ideal
  • If using an Ipad, confirm it is on iOS 11 or higher
  • May we suggest that you have only Zoom open on your computer during the session; this will help with internet speeds
  • No microphone or camera are needed
  • Please make sure to log on 10 min before the start of the talks 

NB 11.00 UK = 12.00 Amsterdam = 6.00 New York = 19.00 Hong Kong

10 GBP = 11.50 Euro = 15 USD = 106 HKD

A recording will be made of this event and can be bought separately after the event has taken place.


  • Course of 4 lectures

    This covers the whole course, and gives you a 10% discount from buying the lectures individually.

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    This ticket is for people who have credit with Art Historical London due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the cancellation of physical lectures, or because they have paid offline. Your sale will be matched with our records, please note that if you have no credit with Art Historical London your entry to the lecture will be blocked.

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