Membership Class for Adults

Cultural Discoveries—Wednesdays with Olivier Bernier: Napoleon and Napoleon

After a painting by baron François Gérard, Portrait of Napoleon I (43.99)

Wednesday, October 29, 10:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Olivier Bernier, author

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Wednesdays, October 29–December 3 (no class November 26), 10:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

We are pleased to offer Members at the Sustaining ($600) level and above the opportunity to register for this special program.

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This five-part series focusing on Napoleon Bonaparte and Napoleon III will be led by author and historian Olivier Bernier, a frequent lecturer at the Met since 1982. Mr. Bernier received a BA from Harvard College and an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. In addition to being selected as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library, Mr. Bernier was also featured extensively on an A&E Biography episode on Marie Antoinette. He is currently at work on a new book.

October 29: Napoleon Bonaparte—A Talented Young Man
With the help of his wife, Josephine, and assorted artists and architects, French style regained its old perfection and Paris once again became a center of the arts.

November 5: Imperial Splendors
As Napoleon conquered much of Europe, his court reached a high degree of luxury and his patronage of the arts became a tool of the state. It was a time for extravagant palaces, lush interiors, great paintings, and the will to dazzle.

November 12: Photography and Crinolines
When Napoleon III seized power and married the fashionable Eugenie, Paris became a place for fun. From the Palace of the Tuileries to the château of Compiegne, all the glamour of the Second Empire was on display.

November 19: Light and Modernity
Beginning with Courbet and moving on to the Impressionists, artists discovered new ways to paint and new subjects of interest.

December 3: New Republic, New Daring
As France discovered the merits of democracy, new artists such as Gauguin and Van Gogh re-invented light, depth, and subject, and brought to art a hitherto unimaginable splendor.  

These classes meet in the fourth-floor Terrace Room and include a light breakfast. A lecture will follow in The Douglas Dillon Boardroom, and conclude with a gallery tour. The session on December 3 concludes with a luncheon in the Balcony Lounge.

Above: After a painting by baron Francois Gerard (French, 1770–1837). Portrait of Napoleon I (detail), designed 1805, woven 1808–11. Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (26–28 warps per inch, 10–12 per cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1943 (43.99)

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