Ref: C2422670

From the 1880s, a series a painters set out to develop Impressionism into new directions. We will study the art of the Neo-Impressionists Seurat and Signac, of Cézanne, and we will see how Gauguin and van Gogh explored colour’s expressive potential. Through our examination of Symbolism, we will consider the fin-de-siècle spirit in Europe (Edvard Munch, Ferdinand Holder), as well as the Secessionist movements (Gustav Klimt). Finally, we will consider the birth of modern sculpture with Rodin and Claudel and the first developments of art photography.

Course aim

This course explores the art of a short yet extravagant and complex period in European art: 1886 - 1905, otherwise known as "Post-Impressionism".

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Name influential artists who worked in the 1880s, 1890s, and 1900s
  • Name some of the main art movements or groups of that period
  • Identify a few key works of art of that period, and analyse them
  • Describe and reflect upon the main aspects of that artistic period (such as the fin-de-siecle spirit, or "primitivism")

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

- Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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