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Book Discussions
Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet
Stephanie Cowell

Part II: Book Discussion
April 9 • 1:15p • Isabel Hall or April 10 • 7:00p • Lecture Room

Sometimes he dreamt he held her; that he would turn in bed and she would be there. But she was gone and he was old. Nearly seventy. Only cool paint met his fingers. 'Ma tres chère …' Darkness started to fall, dimming the paintings. He felt the crumpled letter in his pocket. 'I loved you so,' he said. 'I never would have had it turn out as it did. You were with all of us when we began, you gave us courage. These gardens at Giverny are for you but I'm old and you're forever young and will never see them….'

In the mid-nineteenth century, a young man named Claude Monet decided that he would rather endure a difficult life painting landscapes than take over his father's nautical supplies business in a French seaside town. Against his father's will, and with nothing but a dream and an insatiable urge to create a new style of art that repudiated the Classical Realism of the time, he set off for Paris.

But once there he is confronted with obstacles: an art world that refused to validate his style, extreme poverty, and a war that led him away from his home and friends. But there were bright spots as well: his deep, enduring friendships with men named Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Manet – a group that together would come to be known as the Impressionists, and that supported each other through the difficult years. But even more illuminating was his lifelong love, Camille Doncieux, a beautiful, upper-class Parisian girl who threw away her privileged life to be by the side of the defiant painter and embrace the lively Bohemian life of their time.

His muse, his best friend, his passionate lover, and the mother to his two children, Camille stayed with Monet – and believed in his work – even as they lived in wretched rooms, were sometimes kicked out of those, and often suffered the indignities of destitution. She comforted him during his frequent emotional torments, even when he would leave her for long periods to go off on his own to paint in the countryside.

But Camille had her own demons – secrets that Monet could never penetrate, including one that when eventually revealed would pain him so deeply that he would never fully recover from its impact. For though Camille never once stopped loving the painter with her entire being, she was not immune to the loneliness that often came with being his partner.

A vividly rendered portrait of both the rise of Impressionism and of the artist at the center of the movement, Claude and Camille is above all a love story of the highest romantic order.
claude and camille: a novel of monet

FIA book discussions focus on works of fiction and non-fiction related to art, art museums, or FIA collections.
Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture
From Athens to Jerusalem
Response to Classical Traditions
April 24th • 6:00p
FIA Theater
Free admission

Guest Lecturer
Sarah Bassett
Associate Professor, Indiana University Bloomington

This lecture will examine early Christian attitudes towards mythological representations of gods and heroes in early Greek and Roman sculpture. By focusing specifically on the civic history of the city Constantinople the audience will learn how the idolatry posed by ancient sculpture became (to late ancient Christians) a way to integrate the great cultural legacy of the classical world with new Christian teaching.

For information, please or call the Education Department at 810.234.1695

The series was established in 2011 by Dr. Alan Klein, donor advisor of the Sheppy Dog Fund. Dr. Klein, DDS, attended medical school at New York University's College of Dentistry and graduated in 1976. He has been in private practice for 33 years with a specialty in Pediatric Dentistry and provides treatment for very young children with extensive needs and those children with special needs and is affiliated with Hurley Medical Center and Genesys Health System. In addition, Dr. Klein received a law degree from Cooley Law School in 1986 and a Master's in Tax Law from Wayne State University in 1996.

Dr. Klein's philanthropic support also extends to programs that address the creative development and welfare of children. A recent commitment to the FIA's Education Department will help fund early childhood programs including a partnership with Head Start programs in Flint.
Dr. Alan Klein

Dr. Alan Klein

The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion and history prior to the 19th century, funded annually by the Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.
Book Discussions
Thus Was Adonis Murdered
Sarah Caudwell

Part I: Art Lecture
May 14 • 1:15p • Isabel Hall or May 15 • 7:00p • Lecture Room
Part II: Book Discussion
May 28 • 1:15p • Isabel Hall or May 29 • 7:00p • Lecture Room

Free to the public

Both a murder mystery and comedy of errors, this delightful novel by British writer Sarah Caudwell is the story of Julia Larwood, a young barrister who finds herself accused of murder while on an art lover's tour of Venice. A friend comes to her aid and unravels the clues, discovering an art theft, an impersonation, and the identity of the killer. Our first meeting will set the stage by exploring some of the artworks mentioned in the book. Two weeks later, we'll meet to discuss the novel. Books are available in the Museum Shop.
Thus Was Adonis MurderedBy Sarah Caudwell

FIA book discussions focus on works of fiction and non-fiction related to art, art museums, or FIA collections.
Bray Lecture
Fantasy, Fiction, & Fact in Popular Illustration: 1750–1900
May 16 • 6:00p
FIA Theater

Guest Lecturer
Sarah Lippert
PhD, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Michigan-Flint
Free to the public

The rise of digital media has revolutionized arts and culture in the 21st century, but just as profound was the emergence of printed media through caricature and satire in the 18th and 19th centuries. This lecture will explore the ways in which satire and caricature threatened the status quo in the British art world, with a focus upon artists who were known for their moralizing messages, including William Hogarth, George Cruikshank, and Frederick Barnard. Guests will enjoy a discussion about how art was defined and viewed as a cultural force in the Victorian era.

Dr. Lippert is a Modernist scholar of late 18th through early 20th-century French and British art history. She is also an active scholar in her secondary areas of Renaissance and Baroque art history. She graduated with a PhD in art history from The Pennsylvania State University, after completing a Master of Arts in Art History and a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Art History and Criticism from The University of Western Ontario.
The Breakfast Scene (from 'Marriage à la Mode')


William Hogarth
English, 1697–1764
The Breakfast Scene (from 'Marriage à la Mode')
engraving on paper, n.d.
21 7/8 x 27 1/2 inches (sheet)
20 1/4 x 24 1/2 inches (image)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Mott, 1964.26

Bray Series are made possible by the Viola E. Bray Charitable Trust
Thompson Lecture
Previous Thompson lectures

Caravaggio: A Life Sacred & Profane
Guest Lecturer
Andrew Graham-Dixon
Art Critic

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The Thompson Lecture was established in 1991 by Dr. and Mrs. Jack W. Thompson to enable the Flint Institute of Arts to present a distinguished speaker in the arts or humanities each year. The Thompson lecture is one of the Institute's few members-only events and was established, in part, to attract new members to the FIA.
Bray Lecture
Previous Bray lectures

The Demise of Mary Lincoln
Guest Lecturer
Barry Bauman
Painting Conservator

The Changing Face of Buddha
Guest Lecturer
Michael Farrell
Professor of History, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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bray lecture
The Bray Series are made possible by the Viola E. Bray Charitable Trust.
Bray Lecture
Previous Bray lectures

Not the Mama of Dada:
Beatrice Wood's Early Career in New York
Guest Lecturer
Frances M. Naumann
Scholar, Curator & Art Dealer

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bray lecture
The Bray Series are made possible by the Viola E. Bray Charitable Trust.
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