Jan 02

January Art Exhibits- Tracy Gallery: French Impressionism

Edouard Cortès and Antoine Blanchard

This month, we are pleased to present a rare treat—a selection of
French Impressionist paintings on loan to us from a private collection.
The majority of this exhibit features the work of two contemporaries,
Edouard Cortès and Antoine Blanchard. Both artists painted many
scenes of Paris in all its glory.

For most of the late 19th and early 20th centuries Paris was the
bustling heart of the art world, a thriving metropolis teeming with ideas
and innovation that drew collectors and artists from all corners of the
globe. Edouard Cortès was a French post-impressionist artist known as
“the Parisian Poet of Painting” because of his diverse Paris cityscapes in
a variety of weather and night settings.

Cortès was born in 1882, in Lagny-sur- Marne, about twenty miles
east of Paris. His father had been a painter for the Spanish Royal Court.
At the age of 17, Edouard began his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts
in Paris. His first exhibition in 1901 brought him immediate recognition.
Edouard Cortès became the city’s lyrical recorder, capturing the delicate
intonations of its light, the fickleness of its weather, the passing seasons,
its market stalls, and crowded streets with Impressionistic delicacy. He
was a prolific painter who found, in the many visitors to the city, a huge
demand for his work.

By the 1950s his works still showed horse-drawn carriages and
styles of clothing long-vanished from the real streets of Paris. When
asked why, he stated that he wished simply to halt history at 1939,
before the trauma of the Second World War changed Paris irrevocably.
Life is there, under his brush, in the shadow of the historical heritage
whose monuments stand out as symbols.

Antoine Blanchard is the pseudonym under which the French
painter Marcel Masson painted his immensely popular Parisian street
scenes. He was born in a small village near the banks of the Loire and at
age 22, moved to Paris to join the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He won the
coveted Prix de Rome.

Like Cortès, Antoine Blanchard essentially painted Paris and the
Parisians in bygone days, often from vintage post cards. He painted the
same Paris landmark many times, in different weather conditions or
various seasons. The most recurrent topics were views of the capital city
on cloudy or rainy days, showing streets busy with pedestrians in a rush
to go home, and bright storefronts reflecting on wet streets. Many of the
subjects and scenes he portrayed were taken from images he collected of
Paris during the 1890’s.

One Art Historian said his works “are a marvelous invitation to an
ideal walk through old Paris, so different from that of to-day. Although a
large number of historical monuments remain, today’s Paris has little in
common with Paris at the turn of the century; In his paintings, Blanchard
invites us to relive this period by showing us pleasant strolls along
embankments, squares and boulevards at a period in Parisian life when
time did not count, when one had all one’s time to idle, to stroll along the
streets, to window-shop, to walk quietly along the boulevards or spend
the afternoon in a sidewalk café.”

Like his contemporary, Édouard Cortès, Blanchard devoted his
artistic career to the depiction of Paris through all its daily and seasonal
changes. He was not an imitator of Cortes, but rather depicted the life of
Paris at the turn of the century from his own point of view and with his
own, unique style.

Please join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to view these
exquisite French paintings on exhibit through January 29th.

Take a virtual stroll through the Bell Epoque– turn of the century Paris, at the
Opening Reception on Friday, January 6 from 5:00-7:00p.m

Hinds Gallery: Fremont Public Schools Elementary Art

What happens when the Fremont Public Schools Art Specialists
enter the kindergarten through 4th grade classrooms in our
elementary schools?

Wonderful things!

Early exposure to the fine arts (including visual arts and
performing arts programs) promotes healthy activity in the brain.
In the elementary years, children begin to develop important
aspects of self-concept. At this age, they begin to make social
comparisons. These comparisons help them to understand who
they are and their place in the world.

Through art courses students are encouraged to communicate
their thoughts and ideas in a way that is clear and representative
of their personal ideals and beliefs. Participating in Art activities
helps students to gain the tools necessary for understanding
human experience, develops tolerance and respect for others’
ways of working and thinking, and the refines of creative problem-
solving skills.

The kids learn about artists, the Elements of Art (space, line,
shape, form, color, value and texture); they learn about different
media and techniques. They are able to express themselves in
ways no other school subject allows.

Fremont Public Schools Art Specialists Julie Bristol, Jesse Kiefer
and Jenny Trapp enter the classrooms, inspiring wonderful works
of art. This select show is representative of work created daily in
the elementary schools of FPS. Stop by to view the young artists’
work – there is nothing else quite as insightful, and full of the
personality of the children.

It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Please join us for an Artists’ reception for the January Gallery Shows  it will be held FRIDAY, January 6th, from 5-7 p.m.