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“Renoir’s La Loge – Art & Music of the Parisian Golden Age”
17th September 2017 @ 3:00 pm
with Dr. Charlotte de Mille and Alex Haigh (tenor) accompanied by Natalie Burch (piano)
La Loge, (The Theatre Box), by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, is one of the most famous works in The Courtauld’s collection and considered a masterpiece of the Impressionist movement. Painted in 1874, Renoir depicts fashionable Parisians enjoying an evening out at the theatre. In La Loge, Renoir, perhaps surprisingly, turns our attention away from the stage and directs our gaze towards the audience, encouraging us to consider performance from the perspective of the performers, (the artists, musicians, dancers and composers) rather than the high society patrons.
In today’s lecture recital, Dr. de Mille will introduce us to Impressionist paintings that reflected the growing popularity of the theatre in Paris towards the end of the 19th century. She will focus on the lives of one of the most notorious Bohemian networks in Paris, and the exact contemporary of Puccini’s 1896 opera: one that includes a writer of songs (Vincent Hsypa), musician (Erik Satie), dancer (Jane Avril), and painter (of posters); Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.
Alex Haigh (tenor) will perform arias from Don Giovanni, La Boheme and Satie accompanied by Natalie Burch.
Please book via The Courtauld Gallery website.