Special Lecture: "Figures in a Landscape: The Beauty of Pissarro's People," by James Housefield
San Francisco, CA 94121
Like his fellow impressionists, Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) found new types of beauty in the French landscape. Yet Pissarro forged a distinct approach to Impressionism through the integration of figures into the landscape. Pissarro's art thus paved new ways to depict the complex geographies of modern France. This illustrated lecture exanines how Pissarro's idea of "beauty" embraced the human transformation of the landscape.
James Housefield, a scholar of modern French art and design, teaches at the University of California, Davis. He has lectured to accompany the de Young museum's recent exhibitions Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay, Balenciaga and Spain, and Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. Housefield is completing a book about the inspiration of geography and astronomy for the art and design creations of Marcel Duchamp.
Florence Gould Theater