Art Renaissance Lectures


 Thursday, February 9, 2017  | 6 to 7:30 pm


Matisse — The Green Line, 1905

Henri Matisse  –  1869-1954

His life & his art

At all times, wherever he lived (he moved often), Picasso kept in his studio two paintings: one by Cezanne, the other one by Matisse. He considered them the most important artists of his time, along with himself of course. This gives an idea of how influential Matisse was for several generations of painters. Classically trained by the great Gustave Moreau who told him: “You, you’ll simplify painting!” (an understatement if there ever was one), Matisse explored several visual languages (pointillism, fauvism, etc.) before finding his own and becoming one of the most recognized masters of the 20th century.

Presentation & Slide Show  by Michel Sarda

$5 contribution to drinks and snacks

Shemer Art Center | 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018 | (602) 262-4727

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Thursday, March 9, 2017  |  6 to 7:30 pm

Picasso, Madeleine in a chemise, oil on canvas, 1905

Thursday, March 9, 2017  |  6 to 7:30 pm

Few artists have been more celebrated during their lifetime than Picasso, although many people still admit they don’t like his work. His name is associated with major 20th century art trends, from cubism to surrealism and expressionism. Today, it seems that his more conventional early work, the Blue and Rose Periods, is the most coveted by collectors. What triggered the radical changes in Picasso’s art? There are many contradictions in the long and rich artistic journey of this unusual artist — they are the subject of this presentation.

Presentation & Slide Show  by Michel Sarda

$5 contribution to drinks and snacks

Shemer Art Center | 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018 | (602) 262-4727


and the Arts in 18th century Venice

Thursday April 13, 2017 | 6:00-7:30 PM


May 11 – EDGAR DEGAS (1834-1917)

Thursday May 11, 2017 | 6:00-7:30 PM


PAUL GAUGUIN (1848-1903)

Thursday, June 8, 2017 | 6:00-7:30 PM



$5 Contribution to the Shemer Art Center.

Beverages and snacks to be provided.

Space is limited and lectures fill up fast,

so call to reserve your seat!

(602) 262-4727
About Art Renaissance

The Art Renaissance Foundation (also known as, the Art Renaissance Initiative) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) out of Phoenix Arizona. It was established July 1992 as a non-profit promotional vehicle for the large work of music, entitled An American Requiem, that ARI commissioned to ASU composer Dr. James DeMars. This work received subsequent dedications from President Clinton and three Nobel Peace Prize laureates.  With an all volunteer board and executive committee, the foundation has accomplished several cultural innovations over the years such as producing the first Arizona Vivaldi Festival in 1998, and teaching French as a second language to adults through 2000. The foundation currently focuses on lectures and exhibitions of French authors and artists, and has been nominated for the Governor’s Arts Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

ARI keeps in touch with its supporters and friends by hosting a monthly luncheon where guests can meet prominent artists and community members, and by publishing a monthly newsletter, “Renaissance” that develops art-related topics and provides a calendar of upcoming events. To sign up for the monthly newsletter, please e-mail Michel Sarda at