Between the Wars, Art in 1920's & 1930's

Ref: C2423254

The two decades between 1918 - 1939 are often defined in relation to exciting new developments in art, design and architecture that occurred across Britain, Europe and America. In response to the horror and violence of the First World War, artists and audiences embraced the 1920s 'Jazz Age', a period of social decadence, liberation, experimentation and sexual freedom. This course explores how technological change influenced the development of Art Deco design and architecture, from the work of Tamara da Lempicka to the Bauhaus. It considers the experimental photomontage and techniques used by John Heartfield, Hannah Höch and Man Ray in advertising and photojournalism. Amid growing nationalism across Europe in the 1930s, the course explores the radical but contrasting styles of Surrealism and Abstraction, and the influence of European emigré artists in Britain. Discover how artists such as Paul Nash, Dorothy Tanning, Naum Gabo represented a world as it approached the next conflict.

Course aim

Explore 1920s and ‘30s arts in Britain, Europe and America. How did social and technological developments shape the art and design of the 'Jazz Age'? Discover how Surrealism and abstraction reflected a changed world on the brink of a new conflict.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Link aspects of social and technological change in the 1920s to the development of the Art Deco style.
  • Develop confidence in talking about two artworks of your choice studied on the course.
  • Describe 1-2 key themes of Surrealist art that artists used to reflect the changing political climate of Europe in the 1930s.
  • Identify 1-2 European emigrê artists who influenced the development of abstract art in 1930s Britain.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will be taught with online slide presentations and class discussions. You will need: - A secure Internet connection - A PC, laptop, Mac/MacBook with microphone & camera, or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone - Earphones, headphones or speakers

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Between the Wars, Art in 1920's & 1930's

Enrolment Conditions

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

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 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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