Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: From Paris to Cos Cob

Impression, Sunrise Claude Monet

Impressionism, Sunrise
Claude Monet

ArtScapades presents The Road to Modern Art  with lectures that can be used in a series, individually or customized to meet your needs.

French Impressionism:  From Studio to Plein Air

American Impressionism:  From France to Our Shores

East Meets West: From Japonism to Impressionism

Artists Abroad: From American to Expatriate

                                                          Post-Impressionism:  From the Ballet to the Moulin Rouge 

                                                          Primitivism and Les Nabis: From the Jungle to the Garden

                                                          Pointillism: From Dot to Dash

Elements of Art:  

Each ArtScapades lecture begins with a  brief overview of the seven elements of art that artists use when composing a piece of art – Color, Line, Texture, Value, Shape, Form, and Space.  Each element is illustrated using a representative work of art.

Timeline of Art:  

In each lecture, ArtScapades shows where the specific period of Impressionism fits into an abbreviated timeline of art history.

In French Impressionism, ArtScapades gives the history of factors that brought the movement to Paris including the redesign of the city, the growth of the cafe culture, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, and advances in materials and technology.

In American Impressionism, ArtScapades explains how the movement arrived in America including the influence of art dealers, the education of American artists in Europe, and the formation of art colonies.

In East Meets West, ArtScapades looks at the influence of Japanese art and culture on French and American Impressionism. The lecture looks at how Japanese art came to the attention of the West and highlights the elements that found their way in to the art of the day.

In Artists Abroad, ArtScapades looks at American artists who, despite their expatriate status, are among America’s greatest talents.

In Post-Impressionism, ArtScapades details how art moved past Impressionism, and onto the various styles that followed.

In Primitivism and Les Nabis, ArtScapades looks at artists who transitioned from Impressionism to a style that included symbols and metaphors to express their own nature.

In Pointillism, ArtScapades looks at the artists whose reaction against Impressionism led them to a more scientific approach to painting.


Approximately fifteen works per artist are discussed including iconic works plus those that illustrate significant trends and events in their lives and careers.

In French Impressionism, ArtScapades chronicles the life of five artists and their works, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, and Edgar Degas.

In American Impressionism, ArtScapades looks at the American Impressionists William Merritt Chase, John H. Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, Childe Hassam, and Theodore Robinson.

In East Meets West, ArtScapades looks at two of Japan’s master printmakers, Hokusai and Hiroshige, and their influence on well known names of the Impressionist movement including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase and Childe Hassam.

In Artists Abroad, ArtScapades looks at American artists who, despite their expatriate status, are among America’s greatest talents.  Included in this lecture are Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler.

In Post-Impressionism, ArtScapades presents the lives and works of Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh.

In Primitivism and Les Nabis, ArtScapades looks at the lives and works of Henri Rousseau, Paul Gauguin, Pierre Bonnard, and Édouard Vuillard.

In Pointillism, ArtScapades looks at the lives and work of Camille Pissarro, Henri-Edmond Cross, Georges Seurat, and Paul Signac.


ArtScapades lectures are presented from our laptop, using  your venue’s projection system.