What is the course about?
On this course we will examine a group of immensely talented painters and sculptors who won critical acclaim in their day, and includes a Pre-Raphaelite and a founder member of the Impressionists. The work of these artists hangs in Tate Britain, the National Gallery and other major international collections around the world, yet most are not household names. The only thing these artists had in common was that they were all women.
On this course we will discuss how these extraordinary artists achieved so much at times when the odds were still stacked against them. What qualities did these women have? Why was it still in the 19th century a challenge to be an artist and a woman at the same time? And why are so few household names?
The artists whose work we will examine will include Mary Bashkirtseff, Rosa Bonheur, Marie Bracquemond, Elizabeth Thompson (Lady Butler), Mary Cassatt, Camille Claudel, Eva Gonzalès, Harriet Hosmer, Edmonia Lewis, Berthe Morisot, Emma Brownlow, Emily Mary Osborn, Emma Sandys and Käthe Kollwitz. We will also consider the work of pioneering photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron and Lady Clementina Hawarden.
What will we cover?
• A wide of range of work by women artists from different European countries and who specialized in all types of genres
• The cultural and social contexts of the time and how they impact women in art
• How women artists trained as artists and managed to achieve critical acclaim and success in their fields
• Formal analysis selected works and the relevance of the cultural contexts behind the paintings.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Name at least 5 women artists from the period 1800-1900 and identify the genres in which they worked
• Discuss the cultural and social issues that have affected the fame and reputation of women artists working this period
• Analyse one of the paintings discussed on the course in terms of its formal elements and how it reflect the culture and society in which it was made.
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 slide presentations 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:
VB613 - Movements in Art: Impressionism
VB867 - Women in art 1400-1800.
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