Full course description
This course explores Europe in the modernist age and considers the reflection of society in the art that was produced. Two world wars, the industrial revolution, the development of the railways, and the opening of Japan to the West, are just some of the historical moments in time that serve as a backdrop to this era. We will consider how society navigated through politics, economics and culture and produced some of the most influential artists the world has ever seen. Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet now have their work printed on everything from umbrellas to coasters but why is their work so popular? How can we read their artwork to interpret their social commentary? Who were the artists that influenced them? We will examine these questions and more as we navigate through the cultures and societies in different parts of Europe that influenced the age of modern art.
This course delves into the artworks of the modern era from mid-19th century to the early 20th century. We will explore the art works as visual representations and commentaries on the society that produced them as well as considering the life of the artist and the art piece itself. By following a chronological format, we will get a sense of historic development as well as the influence artists had on each other. Each week will cover a different aspect of modern art and will highlight the strong links between each of these developments. We will be evaluating these art works as 21st century viewers so we will consider the differences between us and the viewers of the time and the impact digitisation has on the appreciation of art.
Classes will be delivered online on Mondays10:30-12:30pm for eight weeks from 30 January to 27 March 2023
Location Western Gateway Building UCC, room 301
Week 1: Realism and the academy: The forerunner to modernity
Week 2: Victorian Art and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
Week 3: Edouard Manet and the Impressionists
Week 4: Post-Impressionism and Paul Cézanne
Week 5: The art of shape: Cubism
Week 6: The art of colour: Fauvism
Week 7: Expressionism and New Objectivity
Week 8: Abstract Art
Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.
Short courses are not assessed. Students will receive a UCC Certificate of Attendance upon completion.
Closing Date for Application
Monday 23 January 2023
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