Date: Monday 13 December 2021
Times: 19.00–20.00 GMT
Location: Zoom Webinar
This talk will include simultaneous English-French translation.
Speakers: Simon Bejer and Chantal Thomas (Director Emerita, Centre national de la recherche scientifique), with Dr Yuriko Jackall (Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of French Paintings, the Wallace Collection).
Event Description: After enduring years of tight control under Louis XIV, the 18th-century privileged classes enjoyed unprecedented freedom during the Regency and the reign of Louis XV. In Paris, their lives unfolded at the opera, the theatre, and the masked ball. In their country estates and suburban maisons de plaisance, they tasted the escapist delights of the French pleasure garden. The intimacy of these environments invited a relaxation of etiquette and, occasionally, the transgression of moral codes.
In the final discussion of the series, Dr Yuriko Jackall, artist and theatre designer Simon Bejer, and writer Chantal Thomas, discuss how changes in moral codes in 18th-century France impacted the arts and literature.
About the Speakers: Simon Bejer is an artist and theatre designer based in London. His design work spans drama, opera, film and exhibitions, for venues including the Royal Opera House, Garsington Opera, Amazon Studios, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. He has a special interest in period costume and historical décor and exploring the many crossovers between the performing and visual arts.
Writer, essayist, playwright and professor, Chantal Thomas has taught at the United States and is Director Emerita of France’s prestigious Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). A specialist of the eighteenth century, she has published on Casanova, Marie Antoinette, Madame de Staël, and the French salons and the art of conversation. She is best known for her novel Farewell, My Queen (Les Adieux de la Reine; Editions du Seuil) which was awarded the 2002 Prix Femina and was adapted for the screen by Benoît Jacquot. In addition to historic novels, Chantal pursues an autobiographical oeuvre. Of Sand and snow (De sable et de neige; Editions Mercure de France, 2020) is her most recent publication. In January 2021, she was elected to the Académie française.
About the Series: Fragonard’s Les hasards heureux de l’escarpolette, known in English as The Swing, is a revered painting in the Wallace Collection and one of the most representative works of art of the entire French 18th century. To celebrate the gentle cleaning and restoration of this rococo icon, we have invited five art practitioners and five scholars to participate in a series of virtual conversations inspired by its key themes: Pink, Identity, Fashion, Play, and The Libertine.
Join our guests and Dr Yuriko Jackall, Head of Curatorial and Curator of French Paintings at the Wallace Collection, to discover the influence of rococo art, and The Swing in particular, on artistic production today.
Registration and Location: This discussion will be hosted online through Zoom Webinar. Sign up to the free Swing Time series below. For more information about Zoom, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit www.zoom.us/support.
Talk Recording: This talk will be recorded and will be made available on the Wallace Collection YouTube channel.
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