Guillotine, Baton & Throne: Revolution, Empire & Restoration
9 - 23 Oct 2017
Full course: £100.00
Per session: £40.00
Study Course Lecturer:
These lectures consider the visual arts in France from 1789 until 1830 and encompass the first revolution, the Consulate and Empire of Napoleon, the return of the Bourbon kings and their overthrow by the July Monarchy. Painting and sculpture not only commemorated events but were also frequently used as propaganda in order to shape and manipulate public opinion. This period of unprecedented upheaval in French society also caused artists to consider the style and content of their work— as they were given a sequence of visual challenges that they had not faced before. How do you paint a revolution if you have never seen one? Artists very often co-opted the visual heritage of the ancient world and Christianity in order to try to explain the new society and the new order that was emerging.
Napoleon was the single most important individual for much of this period, yet over time there were very considerable changes in the imagery employed, depending on whether he was being cast as a warrior, politician, Emperor or peacemaker. After his defeat and exile post-Waterloo, artists frequently explored new modes of expression in order to explain the extraordinary events of the Napoleonic adventure and a new, more direct and emotional artistic language of expression was sought. Many considered the virtuous restraint and moral imperatives borrowed from the classical world as incapable of capturing the intensity of modern life and the term ‘Romanticism’ was coined for this new phenomenon. The major artists to be encountered on this course are Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, Antoine-Jean Gros, Théodore Géricault and Eugène Delacroix.
Short Study Course Sessions:
i. 'Vive les Arts' ó Jacques-Louis David and the French Revolution
iii. Napoleon, warfare and propaganda
v. The End of Empire and return of the Bourbon Monarchy
Short Study Course Location:
Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square
Please note that one or more sessions may be at another location if for example they involve a gallery visit. This will be indicated in the session details.
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Each Short Course is made up of three sessions, and each session normally consists of two fifty-minute lectures with a short refreshments break in the middle. While it makes most sense to attend the full course, it is also possible to book individual sessions only. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.
Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Short Courses are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.
Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 70 participants or less per Short Course to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure.
Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Short Course place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.
How to Book:
You can book on-line or ring us on 01280 820521 (we can take a card payment over the phone) or write to us - see our address details below.
Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Short Course place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Booking payments are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.
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