Course overview

Discover how radical ideas and new social, political and cultural developments in the late 19th to early 20th centuries shaped the course of the early modern art movement. Why were Manet's paintings so shocking to the Parisian art world? What was revolutionary about the techniques and subjects used by Cezanne, Monet, Renoir and other French Impressionists? How did Picasso and Braque throw the rulebook out of the (studio) window? Why was the female artist, Hilma Af Klint relatively unknown of in art history until recent years? How did her work pre-empt that of Kandinsky’s paintings in the early 20th century?

Course description

Radicals and Revolutionaries’ considers how social, political and cultural change radically impacted the development of avant-garde art in Europe and Britain. We explore key questions: Why were Manet's paintings so shocking to the Parisian art world? What was revolutionary about the techniques and subjects used by Cezanne, Monet, Renoir and other French Impressionists? How did Picasso and Braque throw the rulebook out of the (studio) window? Why was the female artist, Hilma Af Klint relatively unknown of in art history until recent years? How did her work pre-empt that of Kandinsky’s paintings in the early 20th century? Were they the 'New Age' artists of their day? Why did Wyndham Lewis despise the Bloomsbury Circle?Through group discussions and activities, we focus on artworks by 2-3 artists each week, including Manet and Berthe Morisot; Hilma Af Klint and Wassily Kandinsky; and British artists, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Wyndham Lewis in the pre-First World War period. On this course you will be encouraged to reconsider some of the famous 'Isms' of early modern art, taking a fresh perspective to assess how these early modern movements went on to shape following generations of Abstract and Conceptual artists later in the 20th century.

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