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Words and Images: Readings on Art 2018

A man sitting in a tall, upholstered armchair reads a newspaper in this vertical portrait painting. The man and the room in which he sits is loosely painted with bold, visible strokes throughout. He holds the paper close to his face and the top edge falls over so we can read the title, “L’EVENEMENT.” He has a light, olive-toned complexion and his white hair peeks from under a close-fitting black skullcap. He wears a high-necked white shirt under a chocolate brown jacket, steel gray trousers, white socks, and camel-brown shoes. The fabric on the chair seems to have a floral pattern on a white background suggested with broad brushstrokes. The man and chair are outlined in black. The man sits in the corner of a room with a closed door behind him to our right. Hanging on the wall over his head, and partially obscured by it, is small, possibly unframed still life painting with what could be kelly green fruit and a royal blue cup against a black background.

Paul Cézanne, The Artist's Father, Reading "L'Événement", 1866, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1970.5.1

Join us for a lecture and discussion of works in the permanent collection revealed through art history and suggested online readings. Words and Images: Readings on Art (formerly known as Food for Thought) is a program for adults led by Gallery staff. Each session explores a different topic related to art history, museum studies, or studio art.

This program meets in the West Building Lecture Hall and is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required. Check the Gallery’s website (www.nga.gov) for information on topics, speakers, dates, and times.

Upcoming Discussions

Ercole de' Roberti, Ginevra Bentivoglio, c. 1474/1477c. 1474/1477

Ercole de' Roberti, Ginevra Bentivoglio, c. 1474/1477, tempera on poplar panel, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1939.1.220

Portraits of Women in Renaissance Art
Instructor: Lorena Bradford
April 18 and 25 at 11:00 (90 min.)
West Building Lecture Hall

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Two Girls under an Umbrella, 19101910

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Two Girls under an Umbrella, 1910, oil on canvas, Collection of Arnold and Joan Saltzman, 1992.58.1

Degenerate Art
Instructor: David Gariff
May 4 and 10 at 1:00 (90 min.)
West Building Lecture Hall

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