What is the course about?
We will study the work of the four major painters who broke free of Impressionism and sought independent artistic expression: Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin (whose work is also known as Symbolism), Van Gogh, and Seurat (whose work is also known as Neo-Impressionism and Divisionism). While grouped under the term “Post-Impressionists”, these artists often worked independently and followed totally diverse stylistic paths.
In this one-day course we will explore the contexts of why the post impressionists' work differed so much and what they were aiming to achieve. These artists also left a considerable legacy, and we will also examine what impact this had on the following generation of painters.
What will we cover?
• We will discuss the subject matter and formal characteristics of the work of Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Seurat and relate these to the social and cultural contexts of their lives and the societies they inhabited
• We will consider the impact of non-Western influences on the work of Gauguin and Van Gogh and how new theories about colour impacted on the work of Seurat
• We will examine why and how these painters left such an important legacy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Discuss what each of the four Post-Impressionists studied on this course was aiming to achieve
- You will be able to describe the key characteristics of their work
- You will be able to identify the work of each of the artists through their formal qualities.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with short lectures, slides, and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
• VB140 / VB816 - Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism
• VB141 / VB817 - Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details