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Art and Fiction: When Words and Art Commune

Alice Hoffman, The Marriage of Opposites, 2015

Afternoon Course

Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0701C
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Two Women Chatting by the Sea, St. Thomas by Camille Pissarro, 1856

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A picture is not only worth a thousand words: It can even turn into a whole novel. Independent art historian Heidi Applegate explores the artists and paintings that inspired three works of art-focused historical fiction. Gain new perspectives on Leonardo da Vinci, Judith Leyster, and Camille Pissarro by delving into the novels followed by Applegate’s examination of the factual background along with the fiction. This is a “novel” way to explore the arts.

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Alice Hoffman, The Marriage of Opposites, 2015

A family saga spanning the 19th century, The Marriage of Opposites tells the story of Camille Pissarro’s mother and the impact her life had on his career. As a study in contrast between the limitations placed on women, the freedom enjoyed by men, and the brilliant heat of the Caribbean versus a drab, cold winter in Paris, Hoffman has created a world in which color is a central character. Applegate recreates the story through Pissarro's paintings and gives additional historical context to the events that shaped the family's lives.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

This online program is presented on Zoom.