Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet
Thursday, April 24–Saturday, April 26
$75 ($50 Members and Students with ID)

This symposium will provide a rare opportunity to explore topics presented in the exhibition. Speakers include prominent scholars from the United States and Europe, many of whom have contributed to the study of 19th century France in subjects as diverse as art history, technology, social history, and photography.

Register or learn more here


SLAM Underground
Friday, April 25, 6:00-9:00 pm

DJ, cocktails, exhibition tours, and an art lab, all with a French accent, to celebrate Impressionist France.



All events, including free events, in The Farrell Auditorium are ticketed. Tickets may be purchased or reserved in person at the Museum's Information Centers or through MetroTix at metrotix.com or 314-534-1111. All tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets purchased at the Museum.

Van Gogh's Sunset at Montmajour (1888)
Thursday, April 3, 5:30 pm
Axel Rüger, Director, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Museum director Axel Rüger will discuss the "once-in-a-lifetime experience" of discovering a painting that was in a private collection for many years and only recently attributed to Vincent Van Gogh thanks to new research techniques and a two-year investigation.

On Bell Towers and Borders, Perspective and the Picturesque: Aspects of Landscape in France, 1850-1900
Thursday, April 24, 6:00 pm
$15 ($10 Members)

Richard Thomson, Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland

An expert on late 19th century and early 20th century French art, Richard Thomson will kick off the Impressionist France symposium in a free lecture that is open to the general public.

Teacher Programs

Big Event for Teachers
Monday, April 14, 2014, 2:00–8:00pm

Celebrate St. Louis and all things French during the annual Big Event for Teachers! This year's Event will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the city's founding and pay homage to its French cultural heritage. Visit the featured spring exhibition, Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, which explores the artistic evolution of French nationhood. Join us for an afternoon of hands-on workshops, refreshments, art-making activities, and entertainment!

Additional details to be announced mid-March. Please check slam.org/teachers for updates.


Classic French Film Festival
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday over the weekends of June 13–15 and June 20–22
The Farrell Auditorium at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
$12 ($10 for Museum Members, Cinema St. Louis members, and students with ID)

St. Louis's sixth annual Classic French Film Festival celebrates France's cinematic legacy. To see or download a full schedule of films or to purchase tickets, visit cinemastlouis.org. Presented by TV5MONDE

Family Sundays

Best Impressions
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 1:00–4:00 pm. Meet in Gallery 216. Free.

Travel from Paris to the French countryside. Art activities and family tours are inspired by Impressionist France and the Museum's permanent collection of Impressionist art.

On June 8, visitors are invited to attend a free ballet performance in the Farrell Auditorium featuring Dance Project St. Louis. With choreography inspired by the Museum's collection of Impressionist works. Doors open at 1:45 pm.

Right: Gustave Le Gray, French, 1820-1884; Group of Ships Departing Le Havre, c. 1856; albumen print from collodion glass negative; 12 1/8 x 16 inches; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2007.21.18 Photo: John Lamberton