Five Art Works That Shocked the World

Ref: C3746869

In this short course we will investigate a handful of art works that have made an impression on the public in ways that are challenging and controversial. We will begin with an art work that today looks benign to us, Eduoard Manet's Dejeuner sur l'herbe and conclude with a more recent and in many ways very different work, Tracey Emin's Bed. We will look at three works in between, including paintings by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock and an installation sculpture by Carl Andre - the infamous Tate Bricks. All these artists were pushing the boundaries of what was seen to be acceptable in fine art with their experiments, and all gained notoriety for their efforts. In this course we will try to better understand why these art works had such a great impact, and indeed continue to do so today.

Course aim

Some art works make bigger impression than others and have a lasting influence. This short course will investigate a handful of these from modern art, including works by Eduoard Manet, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Carl Andre and Tracey Emin.

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:

  • Identify Eduoard Manet's Dejeuner sur l'herbe
  • Identify and describe Demoiselles d'Avignon by Pablo Picasso
  • Discuss the impact of Jackson Pollock's drip painting on the development of modern art
  • Discuss the impact that installations have had on our understanding of fine art, using the works of Carl Andre and Tracey Emin

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No equipment is necessary and resources will be provided via Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Five Art Works That Shocked the World

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Conditions

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
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  • 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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