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Claude Monet, Water Lilies (Nymphéas), 1907, oil on canvas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Mrs. Harry C. Hanszen.

The Techniques of the Impressionists

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by David Bomford, director of conservation.

The Impressionist painters captured sparkling images of the world around them that seemed spontaneous, direct, and effortless. But their apparent artless simplicity was anything but spontaneous: Behind it lay superb technical skill, new ways of handling paint, and a brilliant understanding of materials. David Bomford explores some of the ways in which the Impressionists worked, in the open-air and in the studio, and transformed the art of 19th-century painting. Questions about the content of this lecture? E-mail

This lecture is presented in conjunction with The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

About the Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lecture Series
This series of lectures is held on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. with a repeat on Saturdays at 4 p.m. in Brown Auditorium Theater. A reception to meet the speaker and a “Your Turn to Speak” tour follow each lecture.

$5 MFAH Members
$8 Nonmembers + Museum admission
Free for Members at the Patron, Supporting, Sponsor, and Benefactor levels, up to two tickets. Leadership Circle members receive unlimited free tickets.
Secure your seat in advance! Use the "Get Tickets" button above and print at home; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lectures at the MFAH receive generous support from Aggie and Joe Foster.

Special thanks to Adept Word Management for transcription services.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.