Understanding Impressionism: The Art of Claude Monet

Buffalo AKG Art Museum, Formerly Columbia University

An art historian by training, Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan is currently Assistant Curator at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum in Buffalo, New York. She holds a BA from Harvard, three master’s Degrees, and a PhD from Columbia, and has taught classes on art at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Pratt Institute, and Columbia University, where she was one of the top-ranked instructors of the introduction to art history, “Art Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Art.” A regular critic for Artforum, her writing has also appeared in periodicals such as Art in America and Art Journal, and in catalogs published by museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center.


Impressionism is now one of the world’s most beloved artistic movements, but it began as a radical challenge to the art establishment of the nineteenth century. In this talk, art historian and curator Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan looks closely at some of his most important paintings to explain what the Impressionists were trying to achieve, what they failed to achieve, and why their art still matters.



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Jeffrey Watt

Impressionism & Claude Monet

Perfect lecture and number of paintings to review. Great to hear all about it.

1 year ago
Lucy Rowles-Springer


Excellent presentation on Monet, I learned a lot about Impressionism! Thank you so much and your cat is awesome too. 🥰

1 year ago

Understanding Impressionism: The Art of Claude Monet

I took Art Humanities at Columbia 60 years ago and it helped change my appreciation of the arts as in fact did the entire Core Curriculum which is still taught at Columbia and is the center piece of a liberal education. I don’t remember my teacher, but I envy any student who was fortunate enough to have been in Tina Ryan’s class. I have watched her in several different lectures on One Day University and can’t wait to see her again.

1 year ago
Maggie Olmstead

Nice overview

A good introduction to Monet, along with some nice paintings – some of which are not the usual ones I was expecting.

1 year ago
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