Thursday 16th November

with Michael Paraskos

£20 including a glass of wine
7.00 – 8.30pm

Impressionism, Capturing the Moment 1


Degas, Cézanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec. You might recognise their paintings, but it’s their radical works on paper that this lecture will put the spotlight on, all about this ground-breaking exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts..

In the whirl of modernity that was late 19th-century France, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists radically transformed the future direction of art. But it wasn’t just through their paintings. In a subtle but seismic shift, they lifted the status of works on paper – drawings, pastels, watercolours, temperas, gouaches – from something preparatory that you left in a studio, to artworks in their own right.

This lecture will provide an invaluable background and insight into this fascinating movement which will enrich the exhibition experience for those attending the Royal Academy.

Michael Paraskos will be enlightening his audience on this rich exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, which brings together 77 works on paper by leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists.  Their innovation would ultimately challenge traditional attitudes and pave the way for later movements like Abstract Expressionism.

Impressionism, Capturing the Moment 2

Michael Paraskos first studied art history at Leeds University, before gaining his doctorate at the University of Nottingham in 2005. He is the author of many books and articles on art and literature, has reviewed exhibitions on radio and television and is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London and Visiting Professor in Art History at York St John University.