Art Gallery of Alberta

Bestselling Canadian author to give special lecture at AGA

Bestselling Canadian author to give special lecture at AGA

Public talk will link award-winning book and current AGA exhibition

For Immediate Release
October 13, 2011

– The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is proud to host renowned Canadian author Ross King in a public talk on Sunday, October 23 at 2 pm. This lecture is presented in partnership with LitFest, Edmonton’s Nonfiction Festival and is being held in conjunction with the recently opened AGA exhibition A PASSION FOR NATURE: Landscape Painting from 19th Century France. Tickets for the talk are $15 / $10 for AGA Members, and are available at

The artistic vision of the late 19th and early 20th century was dramatically transformed by the advent of Impressionism. King delves into the birth of this movement in his 2006 bestseller The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism, which received the Governor General’s Award and was a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize. King will speak about this work, which focuses on the starkly contrasting work and careers of Edouard Manet and Ernest Meissonier, to set the stage for the transformation of landscape painting as seen in the new AGA exhibition A PASSION FOR NATURE: Landscape Painting from 19th Century France.

Ross King was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan and currently lives in Woodstock, England. He holds a Ph.D. specializing in eighteenth-century English literature from York University in Toronto. King is the author of numerous historical fiction novels and non-fiction works including Leonardo and the Last Supper (2011), Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven (2010), Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power (2007) and Brunelleschi’s Dome: The Story of the Great Cathedral in Florence (2000).

A PASSION FOR NATURE: Landscape Painting from 19th Century France traces the development of the landscape in French painting from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. The exhibition features 37 masterworks by some of the most renowned artists in the history of landscape art, including Claude Monet, Camille Corot, Gustav Courbet, Auguste Renoir and Theodore Rousseau. On view until February 20, 2012, A PASSION FOR NATURE: Landscape Painting from 19th Century France was specially organized for the AGA by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Further explore the dynamic connections between visual art and literature with the AGA Book Club on Thursday, October 27 at 7 pm. Presented in partnership with the Edmonton Public Library, this program selects books inspired by current AGA exhibitions. This installation features Thomas Wharton’s Icefields: a story of adventure and discovery that unfolds amidst the stunning beauty of the Canadian Rockies. This program is free, but registration is required. Visit for more details.  

The Judgment of Paris: Ross King
Sunday, October 23, 2 pm

$15 / $10 AGA Members
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AGA Book Club: Icefields by Thomas Wharton
Thursday, October 27, 7 pm

Art Gallery of Alberat, Green Studio, lower level
Free; register at

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc Restaurant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.


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