Austrian Art 1870 - 1920

Ref: C2227625

This course will explore the important and influential artists based in Vienna, between 1890 to 1920, a time when the city was known as a centre of high culture, wealth and opulence attracting innovators in music, art and philosophy known then as the fin de siècle. We will explore how the work of artists such as Gustav Klimt was rejected by the long established fine art institutions prompting several young artist to set up their group named the Vienna Secession in 1897. These artists and designers including Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser created modern and challenging new art and design culminating in the Secession building in 1898. We will look at their their work, the Secession movement, the Wiener Werkstatte in Vienna and importantly the eventual move away from the Jugend style typified by Gustav Klimt to the expressionistic approach by Egon Schiele

Course aim

This course will look at how young modern Austrian artists were rejected by the fine art institutions in Vienna and how they created the Vienna Secession.We will explore the work of artists including Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele.

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
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is fully online so you will access the course through Canvas, our virtual learning environment, and Zoom, the video conferencing software. You will need a reliable internet connection and access to a computer or internet linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links t

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

  • identify the type of work accepted by the long established art institutions
  • appreciate why these new artists rejected the established style of art
  • identify how the artist Gustav Klimt created his work and the influence on other artists
  • discuss how the Jugend style faded and how it was replaced by expressionism
  • compare the work of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, 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
  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • This course is fully online so you will access the course through Canvas, our virtual learning environment, and Zoom, the video conferencing software. You will need a reliable internet connection and access to a computer or internet linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links t

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
  • The tutor will provide information about where to see these artists work both in this country and Vienna. Advise about a visit to Vienna including where to stay, which museums to visit and other experiences is optional . The tutor will provide a reading list.

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Austrian Art 1870 - 1920

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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