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The Art of Living: A Journey into the Lives of Turn-of-the-Century French Artists

Barbara Falletta
Arts & Letters / History

Course Description

Paintings by artists of the late-nineteenth century who worked in France display a work filled with exuberance. Art imitates life, and they believed their lives were meant to be celebrated. Stories taken from their letters and memoirs invoke the heady, pleasure-seeking lifestyle that epitomizes this fascinating era. Some of its greatest painters expressed their enjoyment of the culinary arts as well. Claude Monet collected more than 160 recipes from friends and favorite French restaurants and recoded them in his cooking journal. Auguste Renoir's table consisted of Parisian delicacies and other favorite concoctions sampled in cafes along the Seine, grand restaurants he visited with society hostesses, dining rooms of influential art dealers, and his own kitchen. Theirs are some of the stories that will be shared in this series of presentations along with some of their favorite recipes. Paintings from this period that are rarely viewed will be shown. Join Dr. Falletta for a virtual trip to France and experience the spirit of turn-of-the-century joie de vivre!


  1. Monet's Life at Giverny and Degas in the Open-air.
  2. Renoir's Table and the Neo-Impressionists.
  3. Toulouse-Lautrec and Cezanne's Journey into Abstraction.
  4. Van Gogh in Provence and Matisse in Nice.

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Barbara Falletta is an artist, art historian, educator, and author. Her art has been exhibited in juried and one-person exhibitions. Her academic writing has been published in several journals, and her creative writing may be found in many anthologies. She continues to produce art, judge exhibitions, and lecture in art museums and other venues. Dr. Falletta is a member of several professional organizations including the National Society of Arts and Letters where she has served as co-chairperson of the Florida East Coast Chapter scholarship committee.

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