Art History Lecture Series

Featuring Gage teaching artists as well as art historians from the Seattle art community, these lectures feature an intimate look inside the artists and movements that helped shape art from the Renaissance through the 20th Century.

Wednesdays, October 17 – May 15
7:00-8:00 P.M. Gage Capitol Hill

$15 at Door/$50 for Fall Quarter
$135 for Series
Free for members. Make a member registration.


Spring Art History Lectures

Sunrise, Claude Monet

March 6 | Valerie Collymore | Color, Composition and Context in French Impressionism

How four French Impressionists used Color and Composition to create timeless Masterworks and a brief presentation on the Historic Context in which the French Impressionist Movement was born.


Portrait of Jeanne Duval, Edouard Manet

March 13 | Gary Faigin | Bad Paintings by Good Artists

Nobody’s perfect! While the skill and judgement of artists who have survived the test of time is unquestionable, even the greatest artists can have an off day, or take on a project that is ill-suited for their talents. We’ll look at ten less-than-stellar productions by painters like Tintoretto, Manet, and Sargent, and talk about where they seem to have gone off course, and why. Perhaps we can even learn a lesson or two to apply to our own undertakings, as to the pitfalls than can sabotage even the best of us. Note: Not everyone agrees as to what a bad painting is! We’ll talk about that too.


Place de la Concorde, Edgar Degas

April 24 | Norman Lundin | Formal Composition and Psychological Space

One’s own movement through three-dimensional space and that experience as it applies the psychological aspects of composing ordinary scenes. And, some examples of practical application of said theory. A variety of artists will be discussed including Degas and Giacometti.

Jardim Botânico, Beatriz Milhazes

May 15 | Jeffrey Simmons | Unconventional Techniques in Contemporary Abstract Painting

Exploring the work of several Contemporary Abstract painters including Beatriz Milhazes, Jack Whitten, and Mark Bradford we’ll explore their innovative uses of unconventional tools and techniques in their work.


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