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Course - Modern art: 1860 - 1900

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  • Objectives
    An introduction to the art and culture of the later 19th century. A broad range of styles and movements are covered including: Victorian narrative, the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, the Decadents and Symbolism.
  • Course description
    What is the course about?

    We will look at a broad range of art, from the avant-garde to the academic, and examine the ways in which new styles and trends emerged in the period 1850-1900. The primary focus will be on European art, although some American art will be included. All of the important movements from the period including Realism, The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Impressionism, Symbolism and Post-Impressionism will be covered in depth.

    What topics will we cover?


    The course follows a broadly chronological survey of the major phases in modern art between 1850 and 1900. The movements and artworks selected are presented in the context of nineteenth-century cultural history. For example, the sessions on Impressionism look at how the new art was received by audiences in the 1870s and how the artists found novel ways to display and publicize their work. We will look at the influence of art from Africa, Japan and Oceania upon the European avant-gardes, particularly those in Paris, Berlin and London, and consider the ways in which the modern metropolis became itself an exciting subject for artists. New developments in design and architecture from the period are also included in the course.

    By the end of this course you should be able to:

    • Recognise different styles/types of later nineteenth century art
    • Describe works of art from the period and express an informed personal response
    • Understand the reasons why avant-garde artists challenged traditional ways of making art
    • Understand the broad cultural and social contexts for later nineteenth century art

    What level is the course?


    The course is open to all - no specialist knowledge is required.

    How will I be taught?


    Each week there will be a slide presentation by the tutor. There will also be some pairs and small group activities. Each week there will opportunity for group discussion. We will also spend one session at the National Gallery – meet inside the Sainsbury Wing entrance.

    Are there any other costs (e.g. certification, materials, equipment or books I need to buy)?

    No. However, you may wish to buy some of the books on the reading list.

    What feedback will I get?

    All students complete a statement of learning form at the beginning and end of the course to assess their achievement. The pairs and small group activities in class will enable you to check your understanding with other students and the tutor. The tutor will provide informal feedback during class discussion You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.

    Will I have a chance to give my views on the course?

    Yes, please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

    When I've finished, what course can I do next?

    You may like to take the other courses in this series on modern art: Modern Art 1900-1950 and Modern Art 1950-2007.

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