John Everett Millais, The Ransom, English, 1860–1862. Oil on canvas, 129.5 × 114.3 cm, 72.PA.13. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.


Artists and Their Models

Wednesdays, April 19–May 24, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (6 sessions)

About the Program

Who were the real-life women and men who posed for artists and inspired them to create their greatest works? In this lecture class, uncover the relationships between artists and their muses: the dancers of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge, the sitters of Vincent van Gogh, the passionate creatures of the British Pre-Raphaelites, and more.

Then consider how contemporary painters, such as Tamara de Lempicka, Alice Neel, Lucian Freud, and Kehinde Wiley, approach the artist-model relationship.

Instructor: John Paul Thornton is the author of the book Art and Courage: Stories to Inspire the Artist-Warrior Within. He has worked with the United Nations Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been honored by the California State Senate as well as the United States Congress for his programs promoting art, personal growth, and education.

“It is a rare opportunity to learn from a person of this high quality and knowledge.”—former Skirball student