Lecture: The Impressionists Exhibition in London at Tate Britain

Ref: C2419084

As the Impressionists take over Tate Britain this winter, we will consider how their paintings have been displayed to and received by the viewers and critics since their first group exhibition in Paris in 1874. Public perception has drastically changed throughout the years: while they were first ignored or laughed at, they are now among the most popular artists and their exhibitions are blockbusters. Through the study of concrete examples, we will uncover the reasons of such a transformation. This will show that the Impressionists were modern not only in their approach of art making, but also in the way they exhibited and sold their works.

Course aim

This lecture focuses on the changes in the way Impressionism has been perceived since the group's first exhibition in 1874.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe how the Impressionists chose to display their works to the public
  • Discuss how the public response to Impressionism has changed since their first exhibition
  • Follow-up on individual interest by conducting independent research

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Lecture: The Impressionists Exhibition in London at Tate Britain


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