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From Realism to Surrealism: a guide to modern art movements

Six-week art history lecture series

Short course

● Cancelled

  • 20 April 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 27 April 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 4 May 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 11 May 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 18 May 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 25 May 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
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Gauguin and the Impressionists

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Camille Pissarro, Plum Trees in Blossom, Éragny (The Painter's Home), 1894.

Oil on canvas. 60 x 73 cm. © Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen. Photo: Anders Sune Berg. Exhibition organised by Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen, and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Trace the development of modern art in a series of lectures focusing on six key movements in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This course traces the exciting period in European art when new ideas and technological advancements resulted in a fast-paced development of original and revolutionary artistic outputs. The series begins soon after the Industrial Revolution with the development of Realism, which rejected what it saw as the historical and elitist views of the Academy.

Over six weeks, you will learn how and why each of these momentous art movements formed in quick succession and look at the similarities and the radical differences that occur in subject matter, technique, materials and mediums. The course also explores the new values and philosophies that shaped how modernists thought.

This course is inspired by the Royal Academy’s exhibition, Gauguin and the Impressionists, which features work from the Realist painter, Gustave Courbet; Impressionists including Monet, Degas and Morisot; and the Post-Impressionists, Cézanne, Gauguin and Pissarro.

Series Schedule:
Week 1: Realism
Week 2: Impressionism
Week 3: Post-Impressionism
Week 4: Cubism
Week 5: Expressionism (and Symbolism)
Week 6: Surrealism

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 20 April 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 27 April 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 4 May 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 11 May 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 18 May 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 25 May 2020, 6.30 — 8pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£340. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of the final session.