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Due to concerns over the COVID-19 Virus, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will be closed to the public. Staff will be working from home. If you have any questions please contact, or You can also call 860.434.5232 and we will return your call. Thank you! 

$5 for Alumni and Staff          $10 for the General Public

From Manet to Van Gogh: Impressionism and the Art of the Portrait

Considered radicals in their time, early Impressionists like Manet and Renoir violated the rules of academic painting. Their subjects were the people who populated their everyday lives, from family and friends to fellow artists. After meeting the Impressionists during his time in Paris, Vincent Van Gogh would incorporate their vibrant color and dramatic brush strokes into his emotionally charged self-portraits revealing his inner emotions and a new vision of painting.

Thursday July 2nd, 2020 6pm - 7:30 pm

Pop Goes The Portrait

The 1960’s marked a radical turning point in American art as a new generation of artists abandons Abstract Expressionism which had dominated modern art after World War II in New York City. Painters like Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, and photographer Cindy Sherman would enthusiastically reclaim portrait and figurative art in a new visual vocabulary of pop art expression and aesthetics.

Thursday August 6th, 2020 6pm - 7:30 pm

The Blue Boy, by Thomas Gainsborough, c.1770, Henry E. Huntington Art Gallery

Self Portrait With Straw Hat, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1887, Detroit Institute of Arts

Orange Marilyn, by Andy Warhol, 1962, Private Collection

Face to Face: The Art of the Portrait

From Thomas Gainsborough to Andy Warhol, the portrait has remained one of the most compelling and revealing of artistic expressions. This three-part art lecture series, brought to life by art lecturer Bob Potter, will include iconic works of great artists, historic background on their lives and times, and revealing videos on the artists.


18th Century Portraiture During Britain’s Age of Empire

With a dramatic flair in presenting their subject’s personality, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and other master portrait artists of 18th century England would dramatically portray figures of Georgian royalty and high society during Britain’s rise to world economic and political dominance transforming the art of the portrait for generations of artists to follow.

Thursday June 4th, 2020 6pm - 7:30pm


First Thursdays Spring Lecture Series


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