Museum Home Past Exhibitions Defining Modernity: European Drawings 1800–1900

June 5–September 9, 2007 at the Getty Center


All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or use the Make Reservation buttons below.


Why Manet Matters
New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik discusses his love for Manet's art and considers how we might understand the artist's work independently from his role as a forefather of Modernism.

Thursday, June 7, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Impressionism and Drawing: A Forgotten Combination?
When we think of Impressionism, we think of painting. However, drawing offered a great range of possibilities for the Impressionist artist. Richard Thomson, professor of fine art at the University of Edinburgh, offers insights into this largely unexplored dimension of Impressionism.

Sunday, June 17, 2007, 4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium


Gordon Getty Concert
Parisii Quartet
Formed in 1984 by prize-winning graduates of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris, the Parisii Quartet are renowned for their "fresh intensity and expressive panache" (Los Angeles Times). They perform works by César Franck and Claude Debussy. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets: $20; $15 students/seniors.

Saturday, June 9, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Curator's Gallery Talks

Christine Giviskos, assistant curator, Department of Drawings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a one-hour gallery talk on the exhibition. No reservation required. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Thursdays, June 21 and August 2, 2007, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries


Pick up an audio player in the Museum Entrance Hall to learn how the graphic arts revolution reinvigorated drawing in the 1800s. Examine an interactive facsimile of Edgar Degas's sketchbook depicting scenes from everyday Parisian life, at GettyGuide stations in the Museum.

Bullfight / Manet

Film Series

The Belly of Paris: Flaubert, Maupassant, and Zola on Film
Presented in collaboration with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, this four-part series includes the following films:
• Thursday, June 14, 7:30 p.m.: Gervaise
(France, 1956) Dir. René Clément
• Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.: Le Plaisir
(France 1952) Dir. Max Ophüls
• Saturday, June 16, 4:00 p.m.: Madame Bovary
(USA, 1949) Dir. Vincente Minnelli
• Saturday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.: Nana
(France, 1926) Dir. Jean Renoir

Learn more about this event, and make reservations.

Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Gallery Course

The Seductive Art of Painting: Reflections on Manet
Join Zhenya Gershman, Museum educator, and Scott Allan, assistant curator, Department of Paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, in an exploration of paintings by Édouard Manet. Focusing on A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, this two-part course considers the social context and pictorial complexity of Manet's art as well as his place in art hisotry.

Course fee $30; $20 students. Open to 40 participants.

Two Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Part 1: Saturday, June 23, 2007
Part 2: Saturday, June 30, 2007

Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall and Museum galleries

Studio Course

Drawing From the Old Masters
Explore anatomy and proportion with artist Jamie Sweetman in this three-hour figure-drawing class. Participants work from a life model and study masterworks from the exhibition.

Course fee $20. Open to 25 participants. Reservation recommended; call (310) 440-7300.

Tuesdays, July 10 and August 28, and Sunday, August 19, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Studios