Becoming Modern: 1880-1940
Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant were pivotal players in 20th century British Art, and at the vanguard of an emergent Modernism. Their lives were as complex as the period itself. This 10-week course puts their art in context, and looks at contemporary artists and movements both in the UK and beyond to Europe. Spanning a period of roughly 1880 to 1940 we will look at the art of the Bloomsbury Group, but also work produced by other British and European artists, including the Post-Impressionists, Fauves, Symbolists, Cubists, Expressionists and Surrealists.
This course will introduce you to some of the 20th century’s most intriguing artists and movements. It will explore the historical and sociological setting, and immerse students in the critical discourse and debates surrounding the work.
The class is open to all, and no previous experience of art history is necessary. It takes runs from 10am to 1pm on Tuesdays from 21st April to 30th June, with no class taking place on 26th May, during half term week.
Although there is no formal homework, students will be given a reading and exhibition list. There will also be an opportunity to research and present to other students at the end of the course (although this is entirely voluntary!)
About the tutor
Susie Willis is an art-historian currently completing her PhD at Sussex University. She holds an MA from Sussex and a BA from Manchester.
Her research interests include the art of the 19th and 20th centuries, landscape and nationalism, women artists, feminism and post-colonial theory, and she has a particular interest in researching artistic collectives.