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Artists’ Models: From Muse to Maker

1 November 2020 - 30 November 2021

Recorded sessions – 60 minutes each

£35 – £150

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RECORDED sessions online – 60 minutes each (full details on acceptance of booking)


Artists’ relationships with their models are fascinating.

Whether they are painting their lovers, surrogate daughters, or clients they don’t much like, what was the process behind some of their collaborations? How much input did models have? And what did the models themselves have to say about the experience?


“You have given me a new dimension to appreciating art.”

Course Outline

Lecture 1 – Whistler, his Mother and other models

Is there a more famous model than Whistler’s mother? But she was only part of his story. There was also Joanna Hiffernan, the lover he tried to hide from her

Lecture 2 – Matisse and his Muses

Matisse famously noted that he would no more sleep with a model than he would eat a still life. His paid models were like surrogate daughters and his own family also modelled for him.

Lecture 3 – Klimt and his women in gold, pink, and white

The connection between Klimt and his models varied from friends and rumoured love interests like Adele Bloch‐Bauer and Emilie Flöge to patrons like Szerena Lederer.

Lecture 4 – Lucian Freud and his brave sitters

From his early paintings of his wife Kitty Garman to his daughter Anne and his assistant David Dawson, modelling for Freud was always intense and physically strenuous.

Lecture 5 – Paula Rego and her dark fairytales

Portuguese painter Paula Rego will have a long overdue retrospective at the Tate in 2021. Discover how Lila Nunes who has been modelling for her for over thirty years has contributed to some of Rego’s most famous works.


1 November 2020
November 30
£35 – £150
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RECORDED sessions online (full details on acceptance of booking)
United Kingdom


Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio


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Full Course: Artists Models from Muse to Maker
£ 150.00
Single Lecture: Whistler, his mother and other models
£ 35.00
Single Lecture: Matisse and his Muses
£ 35.00
Single Lecture: Klimt and his women in gold, pink, and white
£ 35.00
Single Lecture: Lucian Freud and his brave sitters
£ 35.00
Single Lecture: Paula Rego and her dark fairytales
£ 35.00

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