Part 5: Impressionism with Jean Stern, a 5-Part Online Lecture Series


Presented by Jean Stern, Director Emeritus of The Irvine Museum and specialist in the California Impressionist period. This series is generously sponsored by the Bowers California Arts Council, an affiliate council of the Bowers Museum.

Each lecture consists of approximately 90-100 slides and lasts about 1 hour.

September 10: Introduction to Impressionism (French, international, and American)

September 17: Introduction to California Impressionism

September 24: Historic Artists of Laguna Beach

October 1: Women Artists of California

October 8: Painting en plein air

“Plein Air” is a French term that simply means “outdoors.”  For several centuries, artists had ventured outside the studio to capture the evanescent effect of natural light.  Mr. Stern will discuss some of these early plein-air painters and the limitations they faced when leaving the studio.  For hundreds of years, paint was not commercially produced and sold, as it is today.  It had to be made on a daily basis as it would harden overnight.  With the invention of the modern collapsible paint tube, artists everywhere could take their paints outdoors without fear of them hardening in the open air.  Mr. Stern will show today’s plein air painters at work and expose some of the problems they encounter by being outdoors.

Location: ONLINE

Ticketed Event:

Individual lecture: Member $5 | General $10 | Ticketholders will receive a private link to view the online presentation at 12:30 PM on the day of the program. PURCHASE TICKETS 

TICKETS: Online. Questions? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

Image credit: Marguerite, c. 1909Marguerite, c. 1909Guy Rose (American, 1867-1925)Oil on canvas; 21 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 2 in.F7693Martha C. Stevens Memorial ArtCollection

Event details

October 8, 2020 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm