About the Course
During the 19th century the western art world was increasingly cosmopolitan. In this context the Habsburg Empire enjoyed a natural geographical advantage, extending as it did across the heart of Europe. Over the course of two terms we will trace the development of central European art during the 19th and early 20th centuries, concentrating on the work of the region's leading painters.
Term two centres on the early 20th century, between 1900 and the start of World War II. At the start of this period Vienna still retained its status as a dynamic, international cultural centre. This was the home of leading artists like Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka; it was also the home of Freud, whose thinking on human sexuality and the unconscious would have an extraordinary impact on the arts.
World War I brought the break-up of the Habsburg empire, and many artists from the region made their careers abroad after 1918. Some of them, like the Czech painter František Kupka and the Hungarian László Moholy-Nagy would emerge as leading practitioners of European abstraction within the European avant-garde.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Be able to describe at least two characteristics of central European art between the 1900s and 1930s
Gain a basic framework for the development of painting in central Europe and its significance within early 20th-century European art
Be able to identify the methods and interests of individual masters including Schiele and Kupka
Examine the relationships between artists, patrons and institutions
Gain confidence in asking questions and taking part in group discussion
Class format and activities
You will be engaged in tutor-led class discussion centred on the following: PowerPoint presentations, visual analysis exercises using either PowerPoint images or postcards, group discussions using images and texts (artists’ letters, journals, critics). Students will be encouraged to ask questions and make comments during class. The tutor will provide details of images shown, a reading list and extracts from relevant texts.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
No previous knowledge of art history is necessary. However, students will need a good understanding of verbal English.
What you need to know before you enrol
This class takes place in B13 which is accessible by stairs and lift.
What you will need for your class
You will need to bring a pen and paper for notes.
What you can do next
You may want to enrol on further art history courses at Morley. Alternatively, you may consider studying art history at other colleges/institutions such as Birkbeck College and the V&A.
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