The history of modern art often focuses on the increasingly abstract nature of pictures that finally arrives at total abstraction at the start of the twentieth century. While abstraction has dominated the works made under the banner of Modernism, many key artists of the period held back from this new visual language, focusing instead on a new way to engage with the traditional subject matter of the human figure.
This course will chart how key artists of modernism including Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani and Laurencin choose to depict the human form.
Lecture 1 - Wednesday 26 January 2022
The Cubist and Futurist depiction of the figure, Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon, Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space.
Lecture 2- Thursday 27 January 2022
The School of Paris, the return to realism, the depiction of the figure by Chagall, Modigliani, Brancusi, Laurencin.
What you will discover:
• Key insights into understanding and interpreting Modern Art
• Key insights into understanding and interpreting paintings
• Growing confidence in discussing works of art