Edgar Degas - The Painting of Modern Life

Ref: C2346957

The phrase 'the painting of modern life' captured what was distinctive about the new art of mid-nineteenth century France - a new dynamic culture characterized by new technology, new forms of urban life and leisure, and a sense of the quickening pace of life. We explore how Degas set out to match the new informality and mobility of the life he depicted.

Course aim

To explore Edgar Degas' representations of the new art described as 'the painting of modern life'.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the key characteristics of Edgar Degas' work.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need your own email address to join WEA's digital learning platform, Canvas You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a web cam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Edgar Degas - The Painting of Modern Life


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