Course title:
Perspectives in Portraiture - Vincent van Gogh
Janis Baker
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Mon 31 Jan 2022 13:00 PM - 15:00 PM 2
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 2
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 2
Mon 31 Jan 2022
13:00 PM - 15:00 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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£10.00 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?

No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!


No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
A list of images under discussion, a booklist and relevant web sites will be available on canvas
Course aim:
This lecture is one of a series that explores some of the different approaches to portraiture
Course description:
This series of lectures asks some of the key questions about the development of portraiture. We look at some of the problems artists encounter in representing their subjects and the diversity of portraiture's forms and functions. In 1890 Vincent van Gogh wrote to his sister: "What impassions me most - much, much more than all the rest of my metier - is the portrait, the modern portrait". By that he meant avoiding bland, photographic likenesses produced by conventional techniques. Rather, he sought to convey the essential character of his sitters by means of pure colour and expressive brushwork, thereby influencing the course of portraiture in the twentieth century. No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Understand what is meant by 'expressionism' in relation to the portraits by Van Gogh
2. Recognize what van Gogh meant by the term 'modern' portrait
3. Identify the developing characteristics of his portraits produced over time
4. Recognize the influence of van Gogh's redefinition of the portrait on subsequent generations - specifically German Expressionists such as Schmidt-Rottluff and. later, Francis Bacon.
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