About the Program
Jewish artists immigrated to Paris at the dawn of the twentieth century to follow their dreams. In the Montparnasse district, they created a community that flourished in opposition to the established art world, giving birth to a sensual, expressive, and vibrant school of painting and sculpture.
With emphasis on the work of Chaïm Soutine, Marc Chagall, Jules Pascin, Amedeo Modigliani, Moishe Kisling, Pinchus Krémègne, Chana Orloff, and others, this lecture class examines the brushwork, scandals, politics, and passions of Montparnasse.
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