May 2023

The River Seine - River of Light and Home of Impressionism

Welcome to The Arts Society Ealing
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 -
10:30 to 13:15
St Barnabas Church Hall
Pitshanger Lane Ealing W5 1QG
Online Event

A Study Morning of two lectures on the influence of the Seine on 19th century French artists and the development of Impressionism


This wonderful river in France was a great influence on the 19th century French artists and key to the development of Impressionism. It was the estuary and the many established artists already working there that first attracted a new wave of artists; then a tiny loop of the river west of Paris became their home, and has since been known as the Cradle of Impressionism.

Across two lectures we will focus on those who influenced the radical new wave of painters and on the founder members of the Group later to be known as the Impressionists.

Carole Petipher, our lecturer, has been a guide for twenty years in France leading tours specialising in art and history. She has lived and worked on a number of converted barges and bespoke river vessels on the Seine and Paris Basin and confesses that the Seine very much flows through her veins.

10:00 - 10:30    Registration

10:30 - 11:30    First lecture

11:30 - 12:00    Break. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served

12:00 - 13:00    Second lecture

You are most welcome to bring friends and family, but please contact Susan Parsons in advance to get your ticket: spsecretarytase@gmail.com



Miss Carole Petipher

Carole is an experienced guide and lecturer on combined history and art tours in France with 20 years experience. Having lived and worked on a number of bespoke river vessels and converted barges there she has used them as a platform from which to research her lectures. She uses art in all its guises to explore the characters who shaped France and likes to delve behind the scenes to discover hidden truths.

She also acts as a guide for a privately owned ancestral home in her native Chilterns.