Art History: The Impressionists

Ref: C3680139

On this course we will follow the development of the Impressionist movement in art from the mid 19th century up to the beginning of the 20th century. We will examine such themes as the move away from academic painting towards contemporary realism, developments in colour theory, and the influence of Japanese art. We will also focus on the work of individual artists such as Monet, Renoir and Cezanne, as well as exploring key Impressionist exhibitions.

Course aim

To introduce students to the history of the Impressionist movement, and to familiarize them with the work of Impressionist painters.

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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and development of the Impressionist movement
  • Demonstrate an insight into the relationship between culture and society
  • Show an appreciation of the importance of the Impressionist movement within its social, historical and artistic contexts
  • Identify and describe key Impressionist techniques and styles

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No prior knowledge or preparation is necessary.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Art History: The Impressionists


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