Nineteenth - Century French Painting: Part 2

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The stormy French nineteenth century produced some of the most original artwork of any period. While Romanticism had eschewed traditional Academic History painting, it was the art of the Realists and Impressionists that truly broke with tradition. In a time of modernisation, urbanisation and industrialisation the remodelled Paris was an innovative cultural and artistic hub. Spurred on in part by the development of photographic processes and experiences of modernity, artists challenged preconceived notions of artistic worth and technique. For the first time, scenes of peasant and working-class life, the city streets, cafes and popular entertainment, train stations, dancers and milliners were legitimate subjects. Paris, the city of the flâneur was a place of spectacle and the morals police, the courtesan and the bourgeoisie. This course travels through the art, culture and meets the characters that populated this place of the fleeting moment. Why not join the journey?

Course aim

An introduction to and exploration of French art and culture continuing with Realism and Impressionism from Courbet to Monet

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • demonstrate an insight into the history of nineteenth-century art and culture in general but with a particular emphasis on the innovative movements of Realism and Impressionism and their practitioners
  • show an awreness of the socio-cultural environment within which the art and culture of the French nineteenth century developed and the wider cultural context of the dominant ideologies and philosophies
  • to discuss a range of issues and debates associated with nineteenth-century art and culture, using appropriate language and terminology.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • Group discussion will be encouraged

What else do I need to know?

  • Writing materials. Presentation handouts will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A list of suggested reading will be provided during the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Nineteenth - Century French Painting: Part 2


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