Lecture: Plein Air Painting, Impressionism & Parisian Culture

John Lambertson

New Workshop

Location: VanDerVeer Studio
Sunday, April 28; 1-2pm
Free and open to the public in honor of Paint Staunton Day! Pre-registration requested due to limited space. Donations to benefit BSSS welcome at the door.

This interactive lecture will explore the development of plein air painting in French Impressionist practices, and it will address how that changed the meaning of painting in the nineteenth-century. It will also explore Impressionism as a cultural movement that reflected the modernization of Paris and its environs. The lecture will point out how Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, and their fellow impressionists transformed the art world between the late 1860s and 1900, and how that set the stage for today’s outdoor painters.

Dr. John P. Lambertson is Professor of Art History at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania where he teaches advanced art history classes with a focus on modern art. He has also taught at the University of New Hampshire, West Virginia University, and California University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lambertson’s specialty is nineteenth-century French Romantic painting. He has published extensively on French Romanticism, politics, and popular culture in publications such as The Woman’s Art Journal, The Art Bulletin and The Oxford Art Journal. He has also contributed essays to exhibition catalogues for the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art.