At the start of the 20th century, American painters were to a large extent followers of the major trends in European art. They adopted by turns Impressionism, realism and abstraction. By the 1940s this situation had changed. America was a world superpower, and New York was the world’s most important centre for modern art. The followers had become leaders. This course traces the story of American art between 1900 and the 1950s. We pick out the work of some of America’s leading painters, from Bellows and Hassam to Pollock and Rothko, and we examine particular themes as they emerge in American art during this early modern period, including the urban scene, precisionism and regionalism. Finally, we consider some of the individuals and institutions - including collectors like Peggy Guggenheim and museums like the Museum of Modern Art in New York – who helped to shape the development of western art.
Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.
The 1.5 hours, offered online through ‘Zoom’ will be taught in an informal lecture/ discussion format with presentations shared on screen. There will be a 10-minute break in the middle of the session. You are encouraged to engage in discussion and lecture materials will be shared by email.
This course is taught online
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4 weeks (11:00am to 12:30pm)
Next available date
23rd April 2021