Modernisme and More: Art and architecture in 20th-century Barcelona
13 - 27 Mar 2018
Full course: £100.00
Per session: £40.00
Study Course Lecturer:
This course will explore some of the leading lights in the Avant Garde Barcelona of the late 19th and 20th century. The prevailing style of art at the turn of the 20th century and for a number of years to come was called Modernisme and this influenced painters, sculptors and the applied arts and material culture of the time. We start with Picasso whose brief time in Barcelona was to mark his career and facilitate his move to Paris. Surrounded by a group of other young artists he took inspiration from and inspired others such as Ramon Casas and Isidre Nonell whose work we will consider. Miró, desperate to leave Barcelona, sucked the cultural life out of the city and began to experiment with a new style which would later take shape in Paris amongst the Surrealists. Dalí too, remained faithful to his Catalan heritage despite his desire to be on the European stage. His various encounters with other artists such as the writer García Lorca and the film maker Luís Buñuel shape his career. We will unravel some of these encounters including his meetings with Sigmund Freud and André Breton and his relationship with the Surrealists. No study of Barcelona is complete without Gaudí but other architects at the time were also innovative and their buildings and projects were exciting and frequently ravishing. We will end with a consideration of arguably one of the greatest artists to come out of 20th-century Spain, Antoni Tàpies, whose work straddles art movements across the century and whose legacy is of great importance to artists working in the city of Barcelona today.
Short Study Course Sessions:
i. Picasso: early career and time in Barcelona
iii. Gaudí and Catalan Modernista Architects
v. Dali and Surrealist Encounters
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 30 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.
We only accept payment in British Pounds (GBP) and accept the following types of cards only:
An on-line booking may be cancelled within 7 days of the booking being made and the associated on-line payment will be refunded less an administration charge. We would need to be informed of the cancellation in writing within the 7 day period. Our normal booking terms and conditions will also apply.
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