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Conversational French Course Debates Matisse!


In March 2016, Liberal Studies coordinator Emmanuelle Cospen-Gharibian invited art critic Dominique Vergnon to give a lecture on Henri Matisse in her French course. Concurrently to his diplomatic career and his experience as a consultant for UNESCO, Dominique Vergnon contributes to major reviews such as L’OEIL and Le Journal des Artsand has also published a series of books including Comment dire la grâce en peinture, de Giotto à Francis Bacon, with an introduction by Pierre Rosenberg of the Académie Française.

Students were asked to comment on a series of paintings – such asLuxe, calme et volupté (1904) and Auguste Pellerin II (1917), and formulate personal ideas and questions in French. A rich debate took place, and was followed by a guided tour of the Pompidou Center. Students discovered and discussed many paintings by Matisse, and each of them created a Carnet Matisse in which they developed their critique of Matisse’s works, while reflecting on their own artistic practice.

PCA has had a cultural partnership with the Bibliothèque Kandinsky in the Centre Pompidou for many years. Originally reserved for museum curators, under specific conditions the library exceptionally allows associated researchers and students enrolled at PCA to access the collections.

Centre national d’art et de culture Georges-Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris