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Nov 6 - Dec 11
13:00 - 15:00
French Painting and Culture: Neoclassicism to Romanticism
short courses

Dates: 6, 13, 20, 27 November; 4, 11 December 2018

Tuesdays: 13.00 – 15.00

Course code: 18TON351

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The turbulent French nineteenth century produced some of the most exceptional and innovative artworks of any period, before or since. Revolution was in the air and on the streets and the art reflected these cultural upheavals. This six-week course explores Neoclassicism and Romanticism, their roots, influences, interactions and practitioners.

War and revolution, patriotism, propaganda and passion, republics and empires, individuality and self-sacrifice, kings, emperors and presidents represent the heady mix of influences and ideologies that formed the culture of the excitingly dangerous French nineteenth century. And the art was no less exciting. A tumultuous age of revolution and counterrevolution had raised the political stakes. The birth of the modern newspaper industry began the mass production of information. The consolidation of artistic authority in the French capital created a dynamic cultural powerhouse. Incorporating a series of presentations, discussions and videos, this short course provides the opportunity for students to gain insight into the complexities, debates, issues, ideologies and major figures involved in producing the conflicting, innovative and astonishing art of the coexistent and rival art movements Neoclassicism and Romanticism, from David to Delacroix. Come and explore this dangerous and fascinating world of heroes and villains. Maybe not mad, bad and dangerous to know, but close.

Additional information

No prior reading is required. A list of suggested reading will be provided during the course.

This course is suitable for beginners, intermediates or advanced students, providing time to explore a subject for interest, among like-minded people, in an inclusive, supportive and friendly environment, without formal assessment.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To gain an insight into the history of nineteenth century art and culture in general but with a particular emphasis on the opposing movements of Neoclassicism and Romanticism and their practitioners
  • To be aware of the socio-cultural environment within which the art and culture of the French nineteenth century developed and the wider cultural context of the dominant ideologies and philosophies
  • To be able to discuss a range of issues and debates associated with nineteenth century art and culture, using appropriate language and terminology.

About the tutor

Jan Annoot holds a joint BA (Hons) degree in the History and Theory of Art and English Literature, and an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Art, both from the University of Kent, as well as a PGCE from Canterbury Christ Church University. Jan's wide-ranging teaching experience includes an eclectic range of Art History subjects at A Level, Access and, predominantly, degree level in a number of HE institutions. Jan has also been employed by the International Baccalaureate as an External Examiner (Visual Arts) and as External Moderator (Access to HE, specialising in Art) for the University of the Creative Arts for Laser Learning Awards. Her research and teaching interests are also varied, but include the Body/Gender/Feminism, Nineteenth Century French Art and Culture, Orientalism, Modernism and Postmodernism and the Renaissance. Her introductory essay 'Mediating Desires' in Beautifully Obscene: The History of the Erotic Print Exhibition Catalogue (Beautifully Obscene: The History of the Erotic Print, Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent) was published in May 2015.


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