Figurative Painting in Britain and Europe over three centuries

Ref: C3128718

The course will focus on the art of drawing and painting the human figure developed after the European Renaissance and the seventeenth century. It will include Close Views of paintings by Antoine Watteau and William Hogarth, Jacque-Louis David and Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun in the eighteenth century; Berthe Morisot and Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas and Suzanne Valadon in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; Pablo Picasso and Laura Knight, David Hockney, Paula Rego and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Participants may learn at their own pace to match what it is they need with what they may achieve. The course provides the potential for extended study and recognises that many participants would prefer not to do that. A specific itemised calendar will be provided on day one which could lead you to research some of the works by the artists involved.

Course aim

The course will provide a good basis for enjoying and understanding figurative painting produced in the last three hundred years after 1720. The subjects include historical and poetic themes, portraits and landscapes.

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:

  • Use a basic vocabulary to describe visual works of art.
  • Recognise the functions behind the production of different kinds of painting.
  • Recognise traits of a period style from the works discussed.
  • Identify extrinsic and intrinsic content of a visual work.
  • Recognise the historical context for a visual work in the period discussed.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

The course uses a selection of images and written documents. The course is delivered through a series of illustrated talks, making use of the papers participants are encouraged to read in their own time.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Figurative Painting in Britain and Europe over three centuries

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 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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