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Guest Lecture: "Celestial Navigation," by Robert Darr, Director and Head Instructor at the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding

Claude Monet, "Sailboats on the Seine," 1874
September 29, 2013 - 3:00pm4:00pm

This talk describes the most fundamental elements of celestial navigation, the basics of which had become well established by the mid-nineteenth century.  The method, developed by Marcq Saint Hilaire in 1875,  became the normal practice during the period of the Impressionists and is still used today by navigators (including the speaker).  

Robert Darr, director and head instructor at the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding, is the son of a schooner captain based in Tahiti. He has been a wooden boatbuilder for forty years.

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Guest Lecture: "The Pursuit of Grace: My Life with Wooden Boats," by Robert Darr, Director and Head Instructor at the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding

September 29, 2013 - 2:00pm3:00pm

This talk, richly illustrated by photographer Scott Wall, will explore the timeless appeal of traditional wooden boats like the ones depicted on the canvases of the Impressionist painters featured in the Legion of Honor's current exhibition Impressionists on the Water. The presentation will examine the aesthetic elements that made the wooden boats of this period so appealing in general, and so inspiring to those who built and used them.

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Guest Lecture: "Ready About! The Thrills and Frills of Fin-de-Siecle Boating from Argenteuil to San Francisco Bay," by John C. Muir, Curator of Small Craft

September 22, 2013 - 2:00pm3:00pm

The exhibition Impressionists on the Water offers a rare and delightful window onto the boating culture of 19th-century France. San Francisco Bay was itself a nexus for much the same sporting spirit in this era, filled with sleek racing canoes, experimental yachts, and a lively waterborne social scene. John C. Muir will interpret the marvels of the current exhibition through a boatman’s eyes, and render the parallel period pleasures of our local scene through historic photographs from the archives of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

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Docent Lecture:" Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond," Ellen Harden

December 12, 2010 - 1:00pm

From the late works of Monet and Renoir to the modern masters Cézanne, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh and the unique styles of Seurat and Rousseau, these 120 paintings from the Musée d’Orsay continue the story of Impressionism and the artists who responded to and reacted against it. 

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