Shrewsbury School

Lifelong Learning: A lecture series on 19th Century French Art by Fergus Reid

Wednesday 24 April 2013 at 19:00

There will be 8 lectures in the series: 4 at the beginning of the Summer Term and 4 at the start of the Michaelmas Term.  They will take place on Wednesdays at 7.00 p.m. in the Art Building.  Space is limited to a maximum of 25 people, and so registration will be essential.  The cost is £5 per session, and you are welcome to attend as many or as few of the lectures in the series as you wish.

This series of lectures will trace the development of artistic styles in France from the end of the 18th Century to the end of the 19th Century.  Starting with a look at Neo-Classicism and the painter Jacques-Louis David’s relationship to the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte, the course will aim to give insight into the rapid and turbulent evolution of a number of controversial movements, namely, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.  The lectures will shed light on ways in which the paintings reflect the times in which they were produced and will serve to explore how art mirrors social, cultural and political change. Each lecture will last one hour, with the possibility for discussion and debate too.

The lectures this term are:   

Wednesday 24th April - Neo-Classicism - Jacques-Louis David
This will cover the rise of Neo-Classicism under Louis XVI, the French Revolution and France under Napoleon.

Wednesday 1st May - From Neo-Classicism to Romanticism
This will focus on the leading Neo-Classical painter of the 19th Century Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and then will look at a different approach to painting through the Romantic works of Theodore Gericault.

Wednesday 8th May - Romanticism and Realism
This lecture will concentrate on the work of the Romantic painter, Eugene Delacroix then will look at the work of the Realist painter, Gustave Courbet

Wednesday 15th May - Realism in the City
This will study the Parisian paintings of Edouard Manet in the 1860s and 1870s.

There will also be the possibility of a short guided visit to Paris in the summer vacation, details of which will be advertised during the course.

All Lifelong Learning events are open to members of the public; please reserve places by contacting Chris Conway, Director of Lifelong Learning: cwc@shrewsbury.org.uk / 01743 280555.

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