French Painting 1850-1890: Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism

800px-Pont_Argenteuil_Monet_1Venue: The London Beach Hotel, Tenterden, Kent (website)

Time: Tuesday afternoon 3.30 p.m. – 5..30 p.m. and Tuesday evening 6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Both sessions include a short break for refreshments.

Covering the work of artists such as Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Georges Seurat and Paul Cezanne, this course of ten lectures will examine how in the second half of the nineteenth century French painters attempted to find new subjects for art, new techniques for depicting those subjects, and new ways of explaining what art might actually be for, when art was no longer dedicated to the glorification of church or state.

A_Sunday_on_La_Grande_Jatte,_Georges_Seurat,_1884The lectures will be a chance for participants to re-visit and discuss some very famous works of art, and to become acquainted with some lesser known, but equally exciting images from a crucial period in the development of ‘modern art’.

17/09/2013Courbet’s Realism, Édouard Manet and the Generation of 1863
24/09/2013Manet continued: 1870-1883
01/10/2013No Lecture
08/10/2013Degas – History and Modernity
15/10/2013Symbolism 1: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Gustave Moreau
22/10/2013Impressionism 1: Beyond Realism?
29/10/2013Half Term - No Lecture
05/11/2013Impressionism 2: After 1880
12/11/2013Georges Seurat and Neo-impressionism
19/11/2013Symbolism 2: James Abbott Whistler
26/11/2013Cezanne: The Search for a Strategy
03/12/2013The 'Problem' of Cezanne's Later Work