Impressionism: Art History Lectures in XVA Gallery
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XVA Gallery continues a series of lectures on Art History from Classicism to Contemporary Art – the period from the 19th century to the present day. The lectures are headed by Dr Michaela Watrelot, telling about the highlights of various art movements, the most influential artists and their masterpieces. The visitors are able to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of art and learn how to confidently identify and discuss various artistic styles, epochs and eras.

This Wednesday, April 27th, visitors are invited to the second lecture of the cycle, “Impressionism”. Impressionism is one of the largest movements in the art of the last third of the 19th – early 20th centuries, which originated in France and then spread throughout the world. Impressionism representatives aimed at developing methods and techniques allowing them to most naturally and vividly capture the real world in its mobility and variability, to convey their fleeting impressions. 

The basis of the impressionist method, which can be described as the quintessence of painting, is the perception and depiction of the objects of the reality surrounding the artist not autonomously, but in relation to the surrounding spatial and light-air environment: reflexes, glare, warm-cold relations of light and shadow; more broadly, to capture space and time itself.

Dr Michaela Watrelot holds a PhD in Art History. She is an art educator, curator, and published author specialising in 19th and 20th-century art, the history of private collecting, and art market research. In addition, she is a recipient of different international grants and scholarships supporting her academic research, including the International Fellowship Programme of the Berlin State Museums and the research grant of Charles University. She earned a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Vienna, gaining a further understanding of the contemporary art market while working at Christie’s in Vienna and Dubai.

You may also be interested in reading about previous lecture on Art History from Classicism to Contemporary

The Art History lectures will be held for 1,5 hours, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. The regular price is Dhs. 200.00.  The programme of the lectures include:

27th of April Impressionism
4th of May Postimpressionism
18th of May Cubism and Early Abstraction
25th of May Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art
1st of June Minimalism and Conceptual Art
8th of June Contemporary Art
15th of June Women in Art

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