France/England/United States

From Manet to Monet: French Impressionism on QM2

Join an expert art historian and learn about Impressionism while exploring the internationally renowned art museums of Paris and New York and during exclusive lectures aboard the ship.
Program No. 24000RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

For centuries, detail-oriented paintings of battle scenes and Roman history dominated the walls of the wealthy. It wasn’t until the 19th century that artists like Pissarro, Renoir, Monet and Degas were inspired to not just paint a realistic image, but more of the impression that the person or landscape left on a person. Beginning in Paris and across the Atlantic, learn about this crucial creative period and its trailblazing artists. On land, wander grand Parisian boulevards and bustling NYC streets to some of their most famous museums and on artistic field trips. Aboard your elegant ocean liner, join Study Leader James McKenzie-Hall, an art historian and Paris conférencier, during exclusive lectures that delve deep into what inspired Impressionism, and how it impacted artists for centuries to come.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 3 miles on mostly paved streets, some cobbled and uneven terrain. Periods of standing and waiting in line to board ship.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore some of the world’s most famous art museums with an expert, including Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin, Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Enjoy fascinating lectures and discussions aboard the ship with an expert art historian, which is only available with Road Scholar.
  • Walk along the pond and through the wildflowers of Monet’s garden in Giverny to discover where the artist got his inspiration.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City
by Joan DeJean
Impressionism: Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society
by Robert L Herbert
The Secret Life of the Seine
by Mort Rosenblum
The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers
by T J Clark
The Belly of Paris
by Emile Zola, Mark Kurlansky (trans.)
Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market
by Sylvie Patry (ed.)
The Dreyfus Affair: “J’Accuse” and Other Writings
by Emile Zola, Alain Pagès (ed.), Eleanor Levieux (trans.)
Impressionism: Origins, Practice, Reception
by Belinda Thomson
The Impressionists at Home
by Pamela Todd
The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
by Ross King

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