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Wednesdays (May 12 - June 9), 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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About this Class

Since Diderot in the 18th Century, French authors of a variety of genres such as essay, criticism, poetry, fiction, and biography have made it a point to include artists and their pieces as “characters” in their works. Whether inspired, analyzing or admiring, many French writers have explored not only how an artist sees subjects but also how he or she represents them. In this class, between art and literature, we will study excerpts in conjunction with the works of the artists in question. Writers and artists whose compositions we will study in this two-part class are:
Denis Diderot/ Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin- Les salons
Charles Baudelaire/ Édouard Manet -Le peintre de la vie moderne
Pascal Quignard/ Georges De La Tour -La nuit et le silence
Yves Bonnefoy/Nicolas Poussin -Le nuage rouge
Jean Genet/Alberto Giacometti - L'atelier d'Alberto Giacometti
Camille Laurens/ Edgar Degas - La petite danseuse de quatorze ans
Antonin Artaud/Vincent Van Gogh - Van Gogh le suicidé de la société
Guillaume Apollinaire/Picasso, la peinture cubiste -Les peintres cubistes
Tahar Ben Jelloun/Matisse - Lettre à Matisse

Communicative and Linguistic objectives

  • Build vocabulary and expressions to present and analyze works of art
  • Expand your reading skills through a variety of literary genres 
  • Acquire critical writing skills
  • Develop listening and understanding through documentaries on authors and artists
  • Express your opinions on works and texts through discussions

  • About Lucile Chaurin Ablanedo

    Lucile was born and raised in France in the beautiful Loire Valley. She is a painter with an MFA in painting from the ENSBA (Paris National School of Fine Arts). While living in Paris, she began teaching art classes and running workshops for children. In addition to her dedication to painting and teaching, she enjoys reading world literature, watching movies and listening to different kinds of music.