Art History: Boucher and the Moliere Illustrations / Lucien Henry, Alexander Murray and the Australian Ethos
Boucher and the Moliere Illustrations
Presenter: Raha Shahidi
Francois Boucher (1703-1770) was a prolific artist whose work defined the French Rococo. Often overlooked, his ties to the opera and stage are an integral part of his style and thinking. My talk will introduce Boucher’s work and affiliations with Parisian theatrical institutions. I will also present an analysis of his very first visualisations of theatre found in the 1734 Oeuvres de Moliere.
Raha Shahidi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Sydney. She is interested in intersections in art and music and eighteenth-century French visual culture.
Lucien Henry, Alexander Murray and the Australian Ethos
Presenter: Lorraine Kypiotis
Alexander Murray (1862- 1938) was associated with technical education in Sydney for over 40 years. Completing his studies with the first Head of Art at Sydney Technical College,
Lucien Henry, he was then employed as a modeller and teacher. During these decades he amassed a collection of over 200 plaster casts and moulds. These definitely Australian pieces are originals, created at STC/ESTC for the instruction of students. In the production of these pieces Murray was seminal in disseminating Lucien Henry’s ideas regarding the creation of an Australian ethos in the arts.
Lorraine Kypiotis is the (Acting) Undergraduate Coordinator at the National Art School in Sydney, where she has been lecturing in the Department of Art History since 1997. She holds an MA in Renaissance Studies and is currently writing a PhD thesis entitled: “Castaways” a history of the plaster cast collection of the National Art school, it focuses on the function of artefacts within art academies and institutions.
This event will be held online via Zoom.
Upcoming seminars this semester:
Nina Stromqvist, “The Border, taking the ancient Nordic tradition of allemansrätten or ‘everyman’s right’ as a conceptual proposition”
Mimi Kelly, “New Refractions of Self: Social Media and the Digital Woman”
Diana Reynolds, “Religious Foundations as Second Voices: The Victoria Contemporary Figurative Artist, 1848-1870”