Branch Event: Portraits 2

Ref: C3747159

This course opens with the career of Sir Joshua Reynolds and the founding of the Royal Academy, before exploring the achievements of his rivals, Hogarth and Gainsborough. We move to France to study the important work of David, Ingres and Manet, before completing our day with the major portraitists of the late 19C such as James Mc Neill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. This study day will form the second part of this course but each day course can be taken independently.

Course aim

This study day will explore the major developments in portrait in the 18C, 19C, and early 20C, when the new wealthy middle classes were turning to artists such as Reynolds and Gainsborough, Whistler and Singer Sargent.

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:

  • Explore the developments in the relationship between artist and patron in the 18C and 19C
  • Analyse the economic and social background to the work of these artists
  • Understand something of the new materials and techniques available to artists
  • Evaluate the influence of the rise of photography on the role of the portrait

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A notebook and pens are helpful to record personal notes and supplement the handouts provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Branch Event: Portraits 2


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