The Faculty of Arts proudly presents a Masterclass series in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria.

As part of the University of Melbourne’s Learning Partnership with the NGV exhibition French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Faculty of Arts is delighted to present a Melbourne Masterclass series tracing the fascinating history of this influential movement, and its ongoing impact on contemporary audiences.

View masterclass presentations from Emeritus Professor Peter McPhee AM and Associate Professor Alison Inglis AM as well as a Q&A discussion with NGV Senior Curator, Dr Ted Gott.

Let there be light: the origins of French Impressionism

Presented by Emeritus Professor Peter McPhee AM

Monet, Renoir, Degas Рtoday these names are synonymous with iconic masterpieces. However, these artists, and others painting in the light-filled Impressionist style, were far from celebrated by the conservative mid-19th century Acad̩mie. The movement represented a radical break from tradition in both technique and subject, offering entirely new ways of looking at the world. This masterclass offers a deep-dive into the social history of mid- 19th century France and the context of the birth of the Impressionism movement. Where did Impressionism come from? And why was it considered so radical?

New world order: how Impressionism conquered the globe

Presented by Associate Professor Alison Inglis AM

From Parisian salons, to private American collections, to a debut exhibition in contemporary Melbourne, French Impressionism has become a truly international phenomenon. The revolutionary styles and attitudes of the French artists reverberated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, finding traction in artists’ colonies across the globe. This masterclass offers a comprehensive analysis of the global impact of the Impressionist movement as well as insights into the provenance and patronage of works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and other collections.

Melbourne Masterclass Q&A

With Emeritus Professor Peter McPhee AM,  Associate Professor Alison Inglis AM, and Dr Ted Gott

Hear our masterclasses presenters in conversation with NGV Senior Curator and Faculty of Arts alumnus, Dr Ted Gott, as they discuss the impact of Impressionism on artists and audiences from the late 19th-century to today. The wide-ranging discussion offers insights into the design and curation of the exhibition, French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as a special announcement on a recent NGV acquisition!

Hear from Ted Gott, NGV Senior Curator and Faculty of Arts alum

See students and alumni working behind the scenes at NGV


Ellie Clay, Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 8344 2543