This five-day course will examine the work and impact of five seminal Modern artists, starting with Henri Matisse, whose early 20th century painting style marked a break with tradition. We will explore each artist’s work in relation to a key strand of Modern Art including deconstructing the painting; exploding the orthodoxy of what is, and what isn’t, a work of art; transcending representation; and exploiting ironically - and lucratively - the entanglement of art with money.
We will see how:
Henri Matisse’s use of vivid colours, flattened forms and geometric patterns established him as one of Modern Art’s foundational figures.
Pioneer of abstract art Piet Mondrian progressively distilled his paintings to a precise vocabulary of colours and forms.
Marcel Duchamp moved swiftly from post-Impressionist painting to experiments with Cubism, Dadaism, kinetic art and ‘Readymades’.
Jackson Pollock exemplified the individualism, angst and repudiation of tradition that powered Abstract Expressionism.
Andy Warhol co-opted 20th century innovations in advertising and marketing to reinvent himself as a new kind of artist.