Fin-de-Siecle: art, culture, and society in transition
Tutor: Richard StoneCourse Code: 1420-02

Summary

Towards the close of the 19th century, Europe underwent a period of cultural transformation. Paris in particular was a place of political upheaval. In Berlin, Munich, and Vienna, a new wave of artists rejected academic conservatism and struck out on their own. This course will survey the cultural phenomenon we now label Fin-de-Siecle and consider how artists captured and mirrored this exciting and turbulent era.

Description

After setting the political, social and artistic scene, the course will explore:
- The Vienna Secession and Vienna Workshop
- Art movements of the period including: Symbolism; Decadence; Art Nouveau; and, Aestheticism
- The impact of Japanese art
- The relationship between fine and applied art; and, between art and architecture
- Cafe society and the emergence of cabaret
- The life and work of Aubrey Beardsley; James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Gustav Klimt; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; and, others
- Works by influential artists including: Degas; Manet; Rennie Mackintosh; Van Gogh, and others
- The rise and impact of Anarchism, Socialism, and activism in the cause of women’s suffrage

Please bring with you

A notebook and pen will be useful.

Level

Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD

Tutor

Richard Stone

Richard Stone

Richard is an experienced tutor and the author of several books on history. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Leicester.

4th to 5th Apr 2020
Saturday to Sunday

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Timetable

Saturday
9.30amCoffee on arrival
9.45amWelcome and tutor introductions for all
10am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all - residents may check in
2-5.30pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
Sunday
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session
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"Most interesting." (Summer School 2019)

"As usual, Richard has given us an excellently researched and fascinating course." (Summer School 2019)