The Engagement Still Life (detail), 1869, Henri Fantin-Latour (French, 1836–1904), oil on canvas, 1215/16 × 12 in. Musée de Grenoble

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Member Lecture: Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower

with Dr. Mitchell Merling, exhibition co-curator

Thu, Jun 18, 6 – 7 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

During the 19th century, French painters reinvented floral still-life painting by taking greater artistic liberties with the traditional imagery of the genre. Join Dr. Mitchell Merling, exhibition co-curator, for a closer look at how French artists — including some of the most well-known practitioners of Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism — transformed the floral still life from a genre that garnered little critical esteem into a popular and prestigious site of dynamic artistic experimentation.