Course overview

Join us to explore the work of James McNeil Whistler, from his more conventional portraiture to his experimental 'nocturnes' which have a totally contrasting approach & result causing consternation amongst a contemporary late 19th century audience. This course will consider the artist's work within the wider artistic chronological and stylistic context. This course is for learners who have an interest in this period of Art and have engaged in some previous study of Art. The course material will cover different aspects of Whistler's work analysing examples in detail and consider them within the context of the development of the genre of portraiture as well as the way other aspects of his work opened up possibilities for innovation by influencing other artists.

Course description

This course will explore different aspects of the work of James McNeil Whistler & how this both conformed to and challenged artistic conventions of the period. We will explore the way Whistler approached formal portraiture & experimented with composition, which contrasts to the more experimental side of his work exploring colour and light. This juxtaposition of opposing styles presents a fascinating insight into the artist's creative process. You will discover the way this artist's innovative approach painting 'nocturnes' experimented with light effects & the interaction of colour. There will also be a focus on the way he was considered controversial with this approach, highlighted by his court case against the criticisms of Ruskin - the extent of which brings focus to the way Whistler's experimental approach was perceived as unconventional by a contemporary audience. Prepare to be visually enthralled & surprised by this artist's work. Prepare to be visually enthralled by the experimental approach of this artist & consider how this visually innovative approach fits with the wider context of developments in Art at the time. Learners will discuss and analyse a range of paintings by Whistler, making comparisons and contrasts & demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Fully illustrated with plenty of opportunity for discussion throughout.

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