Spanish art: in the age of Picasso, Miro and Dali 1885-1936
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB506
Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)
What is the course about?
This 6-week evening course investigates some of the key moments in the development of Spanish art in the 50 years preceding the Spanish Civil War. The course provides a general introduction to Spanish art and culture of the period, and considers the distinctive contribution made by Spanish artists to 20th-century visual culture. We will explore the different artistic responses to questions of Spanish national identity, and the ways in which artists moved between Spanish and international contexts.
The course begins with the spectacular international career of the Impressionist Joaquin Sorolla, and the powerfully provocative work of two of his contemporaries, José Gutiérrez Solana and Ignacio Zuloaga. We will study Pablo Picasso’s early career from his paintings and drawings in Barcelona up to the development of Cubism, and the work of Joan Miró. The final two weeks explore Salvador Dalí’s paintings of ‘voluntary hallucinations’ and his collaborations with the filmmaker Luis Buñuel. Additional topics include Juan Gris’s contribution to Cubism, and the drawings of the poet Federico Garcia Lorca.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Joaquin Sorolla, Ignacio Zuloaga, José Gutiérrez Solana and the idea of Spain
- Picasso in Barcelona 1900
- Picasso and Gris, pioneers of Cubism
- Spanish Surrealism : Miró, Dalí, Federico Garcia Lorca and Buñuel.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Compare Sorolla, Zuloaga and Solana’s representations of Spain
- List three characteristics of Picasso’s work in Barcelona
- Describe three key differences between the Surrealism of Miró and Dalí
- Discuss the links between Surrealism and film in Spain.
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 online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs, but you are advised to bring a notebook to the classes. You may like to purchase some of the books suggested on handouts during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can follow up this course with:
VB879 - Spanish art in the shadow of Franco (1936-2000)
You might also be interested in:
VB670 - Focus on: Velazquez.
Mark Stuart-Smith gained his PhD in Art History at Birkbeck on silence in the work of the Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz, and is writing a book on Muñoz. He has a diploma in painting from the Royal Academy schools, a BA in Art History (Birkbeck), and a Masters in Cultural Memory (University of London). Mark’s main research interests are 20th-century Spanish art, and art and homelessness. He writes for the Journal Art History, and also teaches art at homeless day centres in London, including the Connection at St Martin’s.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.