British Impressionism: Cross Channel Currents

Artistic revolution and innovation was the hallmark of the nineteenth-century, both in France and, perhaps less well known, in Britain. This course explores British Impressionism, its roots, influences, interactions and practitioners.

Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 June 2019

Tuesdays: 13.30 – 15.30

Course code: 18TON386

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Artistic revolution and innovation was the hallmark of the nineteenth-century, both in France and, perhaps less well known, in Britain. This 6-week course explores British Impressionism, its roots, influences, interactions and practitioners.

While France is famous for the development of Impressionism during the latter half of the nineteenth century, Britain not only developed its own eclectic response to the artistic and socio-cultural conditions that spurred this development, it is certain that British artists had a profound impact on those who were to become the famous French Impressionists and, vice versa. Through an exploration of late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century practitioners of British Impressionism, this course provides the opportunity to consider the cross channel cultural and artistic currents of influence, innovation and intent that inspired the work of artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Walter Sickert and John Singer Sargent.

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 British Impressionism and its practitioners.
  • To be aware of the socio-cultural environment within which the art and culture of the French and British 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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    Tonbridge
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