Harmon Siegel - "Painting with Monet" - W.J.T. Mitchell

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Harmon Siegel

Harmon Siegel discusses Painting with Monet. He will be joined in conversation by W.J.T. Mitchell. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

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About the Book: Is impressionist painting an objective attempt to capture reality as it really is? Or is it a subjective expression of the artist’s unique way of perceiving things? How can artists create a movement without conformity extinguishing individuality? At pivotal moments in his career, Claude Monet would go out with a fellow artist, plant his easel beside his friend’s, and paint the same scene. Painting with Monet closely examines pairs of such works, showing how attention to this practice raises tantalizing new questions about Monet’s art and about impressionism as a movement. Harmon Siegel reveals how Monet explored problems of subjectivism versus realism and creating a movement versus cultivating individuality in concrete, practical ways while painting alongside his teachers, Eugène Boudin and Johan Barthold Jongkind; his friends, Frédéric Bazille and Pierre-Auguste Renoir; and his hero, Édouard Manet. At a time of major cultural upheavals, these artists asked how we can know reality beyond our personal perception. Siegel provides new insights into the aesthetic, philosophical, and ethical stakes for these painters as they responded to a rapidly changing society.

About the Author: Harmon Siegel is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Art BulletinArtforum, and American Art.

About the Interlocutor: W.J.T. Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English Language and Literature, Art History, and the College. Mitchell served as the longtime editor of Critical Inquiry and is author of many books, including Image Science (2015) and What do Pictures Want? (2005).

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60615