French Impressionism and Post

Ref: C2227113

The bright colours and visible brushstrokes of Impressionism, so familiar now, were once a daring reaction to academic painting. In focusing on the everyday (the city and work as well as leisure) the Impressionists' subject-matter was novel, too, while the Post-Impressionists moved away from this present to explore a 'primitive' of rural Brittany, the South of France and beyond. This course examines this artistic context and looks at many fascinating images, by Monet, Renoir, van Gogh and Gauguin to paintings and prints by lesser-known women artists such as Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot and Impressionists who came from Australia and Peru to settle in late 19c Paris.

Course aim

This course introduces Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, including Monet, Berthe Morisot, Seurat, Gauguin and many more. We look closely at beautiful and fascinating images and set paintings and prints in the contexts of their times.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify some Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and prints.
  • Talk about Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, at an introductory level appropriate to a one term course.
  • Understand the relationships between Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art and the artistic and social contexts, at an introductory level appropriate to a short course.
  • Enjoy looking at art and visiting galleries and museums.

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
  • 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

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French Impressionism and Post

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