W&C: RODIN’S “THE BURGHERS OF CALAIS” (1884-1895) (May 2019-Renee)

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W&C: RODIN’S “THE BURGHERS OF CALAIS” (1884-1895) (May 2019-Renee)

 RODIN’S “THE BURGHERS OF CALAIS” (1884-1895)


Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666

Presented in French by Renée Morel
Best for Levels 6 to 8
$25

The same conference is offered three times at The French Class:

Monday, May 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 25th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Probably the best and certainly the most successful of Rodin’s public monuments, the Burghers of Calais (1884-1889) commemorate a dramatic episode of the Hundred Years’ War between England and France. Rodin portrayed the six most influential men of the besieged city as they leave its gate, in sackcloth, barefoot and a rope around their neck, to surrender its keys to the victor, King Edward III. How did Rodin arrange his unorthodox massing of unyielding bronze figures, allowing for subtle internal rhythms? The different attitudes of the men in the face of imminent death (anguish, loneliness, despair, resignation, stoicism) move us, but they shocked the council men who expected a single heroic figure. Find out about Rodin’s models, his daring innovations as well as his protracted battle to have his masterpiece finally accepted. 

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