19th Century European Art

Ref: C2422698

Ingres, Bouguereau, Bastien Lepage, Carpeau, Tissot, Puvis de Chavannes, Gustave Moreau: these artists were successful and influential during the 19th century. Yet, the public today has more or less completely forgotten their names and remembers the likes of Courbet, Manet, Monet and Van Gogh. In this course, we will set out to understand why that is. We will study the career of some of these artists, and their most significant works. We will consider how they were perceived then, and how there are valued now. This will allow us to discover 19th-Century art from a different perspective. In the process, we will look at the structure of the art world functioned, and study its different elements, from the Academy and Salon, to the art dealers and critics.

Course aim

An unusual look at 19th century art, focusing on lesser-known artists.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Present the artists studied and explain their significance
  • Name and describe some key works of art created by the artists studied in this course
  • Discuss why these artists and their oeuvre are less well-known
  • Follow up on individual interest at home with some reading or visits to galleries

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?


Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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19th Century European Art


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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