How the Impressionists Survived

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How the conservative art establishment in France managed to keep a stranglehold over painting until a few artists challenged their authority with groundbreaking works – first the Realists, then the Impressionists. But challenging the establishment meant that many of these artists struggled financially because they found it difficult to sell their paintings. We'll see how some art dealers, particularly Paul Durand-Ruel, supported them and kept faith in them until they eventually began to sell their work, notably in the United States in the 1880s.

Course aim

A look at the art of the Impressionists and how some of them struggled financially before they broke through on the art market and became world-famous.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This will comprise a live lecture in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussion and chat. How to use Zoom – please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec

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

  • Describe the nature of the Paris Salon and how it prevented artistic experimentation
  • Give examples of artists whose financial status meant they were more confident in challenging the art establishment
  • Explain why the Caillebotte bequest was so important for the Impressionists

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec

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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How the Impressionists Survived

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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