Art in the Twentieth Century 1900 - 1950

Ref: C3528601

The introduction to the course will provide a recap of European art movements already explored, such as Fauvism, Cubism and Futurism, before moving onto an exploration of German Expressionism; Vorticism and WW1 war artists; the move towards abstraction in Europe and Russia, Russian Revolutionary art, leading to Russian and European Constructivism, Dada & Surrealism, The focus will then switch to an exploration of the impact of early 20th century European art on artists working in North America, leading to Abstract Expressionism.

Course aim

To introduce the major developments in the visual arts, and an understanding of how the changing social and political structure of Europe affected the work of artists, during this period

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • understand the way the changing social and political structure of Europe affected the work of artists during this period.
  • understand the impact new scientific discoveries and technological inventions had on the work of artists in this period
  • understand the changes in public reaction to work produced by artists during this period.
  • understand the key characteristics of the different art movements that occurred in this period.

How will I be taught?

  • Each session will consist of a slideshow of works of art, with accompanying handouts and notes used as a focus for discussion.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • There will be no formal assessment apart from the Learner Record Form. Informal assessment will be based upon individual’s contribution and involvement in discussions and question and answer sessions.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Matthew Collings ‘This is Modern Art’ Phoenix Robert Hughes ‘Shock of the New’ BBC Publications Norbert Lynton ‘The Story of Modern Art’ Phaidon Press

What can I do next?

  • The course is part of a series covering the development of Western Art from the medieval period to the present day.

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Art in the Twentieth Century 1900 - 1950 Course Outline

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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