Auction of Claude Monet’s Meule
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Fundamentals of Western Art

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Fees: HK$11,000.00


Christie’s Education Hong Kong is pleased to present a series of programs that aim to provide a broad overview of major artistic movements in the Western world from Renaissance to Contemporary. 

Through art historical survey lectures, close reading sessions and gallery tours, participants will learn how to approach a work of art with attention to materials, techniques, and condition: aspects often neglected in traditional art history classes. There will also be discussions with Christie’s experts on the development of the market and collecting trends.

This program is essential for art collectors, regardless of their chosen fields, as the works and movements discussed are constantly referred to by artists throughout the ages.

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Course dates

Part III - Modernism in Europe:
From Fauvism to Surrealism

Saturday & Sunday, 25-26 Nov 2017 in Mandarin

10:00am - 5:00pm

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai

(Discounted rate of HK$10,000 if paid in full by 9 November 2017)

Part I: From Renaissance to Neoclassicism
November, 2016

Part II: 19th Century in Europe
May, 2017

Part IV: Post War Art in America and Europe
May, 2018

Dr. Chagnon-Burke
Faculty Member

Dr. Véronique Chagnon-Burke

Academic Director, Christie's Education New York

Part III - Modernism in Europe: From Fauvism to Surrealism

In the early years of the 20th century, avant-garde movements flourished in Europe, and artists experimented relentlessly to create new visual languages that broke dramatically from the past. Led by Véronique Chagnon-Burke, Academic Director at Christie’s Education New York, this module covers key movements, such as Fauvism, Expressionism, Geometric Abstraction, and Surrealism, and discuss Paris as an artistic capital, as well as the evolution of modernism throughout other centers in Europe.

Saturday, 25 November

  • Fauvism & Expressionism
  • Cubism
  • Geometric Abstraction
  • Close Reading Discussion

Sunday, 26 November

  • Christie’s Gallery Tour                    
  • Dada & Surrealism
  • School of Paris
  • First Supporters of Modernism

Schedule and topics are subject to change. Please check back for updates.



A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who attend all sessions. 

HK$11,000 | Mandarin course
(Discounted rate of HK$10,000 if paid in full by 9 November 2017)


Véronique Chagnon-Burke
Academic Director, Christie’s Education New York

Véronique Chagnon-Burke graduated from the École du Louvre where she earned a postgraduate certificate in Museum Studies. She holds a Licence en Histoire de l’Art, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), an M.A. in History of Art from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

She has taught a wide range of subjects at Queens College, Parsons School of Design and Hunter College. Her museum and research positions have included work at the Museum of Modern Art and the College Art Association, and she has also worked at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris.

Her research interest lies in the history of 19th century French landscape painting, the art market, and women artists. Recent publications include: The Politicization of Nature: The Critical Reception of Barbizon Painting During the July Monarchy (2009),
Rue Laffitte: Looking at and Buying Contemporary Art in Mid-Nineteenth Century Paris in Nineteenth- Century Art Worldwide (2012) and, most recently, Women Art Critics in the Nineteenth Century: Vanishing Acts, a collaborative anthology with Heather Jensen and Wendelin Guentner (2013). Current research interests include investigation of the development of the art market in mid-19th century Paris around the rue Laffitte and the concept of peinture bourgeoise.

Véronique teaches a yearlong course called the History of the Art Market and contributes lectures on 19th and 20th century French Art and on Women Artists to the Modern Art Survey Lecture Course at Christie’s Education New York. She is also a visiting professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where she teaches graduate classes in the history of the art market.

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