Perspectives in Portraiture - Andrew Wyeth

Ref: C2346493

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. Andrew Wyeth's enduring style of meticulous realism is characterized by a subdued colour palette and the depiction of emotionally charged people and/or objects. Admirers of Wyeth's art believe that his paintings, in addition to sometimes displaying overt beauty, contain strong emotional currents, symbolic content and a sense of the psychological. No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

Course aim

This lecture is one of a series that explores some of the different approaches to portraiture

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Understand what is meant by 'meticulous realism' - including the reason for Wyeth's use of tempera, for example.
  • Identify the key characteristics and compositional devices used by Wyeth in his portraiture.
  • Evaluate some of the meanings behind his choice and treatment of sitter.
  • Recognize some of Wyeth's major works

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A list of images under discussion, a booklist and relevant web sites will be available on canvas

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Perspectives in Portraiture - Andrew Wyeth

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