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16 More Great Masters of Western Art

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16 More Great Masters of Western Art

<p>Art history is the knowledge and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities that identify all great art. The more you understand the art of different eras, movements, styles and


Art history is the knowledge and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities that identify all great art. The more you understand the art of different eras, movements, styles and techniques, the better you can appreciate the diversity of styles and the communality they share. Each class will examine art works made by some of the greatest masters of Western Art and we will explore what makes them the masterpieces we appreciate today.

The course will assist you in understanding better how the artist through his/her work of art reflects the social, historical and artistic context of his culture while giving his own interpretation. The course will provide the tools to break an artwork down to its component parts so that you may appreciate the skill and imagination that the artist has used in composing it.


  • Cézanne et Manet: The fathers of Modern Art - Édouard Manet was the most important and influential artist in his time and was named the first painter of modern life. his twin interest in Old Masters and contemporary Realism gave him the crucial foundation for his revolutionary approach marked by jarring areas of contrasting tonalities, flatness of the composition, unseen at that time. Cézanne is credited with paving the way for the emergence of twentieth-century modernism, both visually and conceptually. He is the most powerful and essential link between Impressionism and abstraction.
  • Matisse and Picasso: An extraordinary dialogue - Picasso was the first modern celebrity artist, unapologetic for his crass behavior, while Matisse lived in contrast, a reserved man shielding his life from the public view. They mocked each other in their respective works, yet revered each other for their talents. Picasso once said that in order to grasp 20th-century art, you ought to see" side by side everything Matisse and I were doing." This rivalry and friendship seemed to bring out the best in both artists
  • Miró and Chagall: A Realm of Dream and Beauty - Miró invented a new kind of pictorial space in which biomorphic forms, geometric shapes, and semi-abstracted objects issuing strictly from the artist’s imagination were juxtaposed with basic, recognizable forms. Marc Chagall painted dream-like subjects rooted in personal history and Eastern European folklore. It is perhaps best to think of his imagery as lyrical evocations, similar to the allusive plastic poetry of the poets he met in Paris.
  • Dali and Magritte: The antipode of Surrealism - Salvador Dalí is among the most versatile and prolific artists of the twentieth century and the most famous Surrealist. Dalí opted for his own self-created system of tapping the unconscious termed “paranoiac critical”, a state in which one could simulate delusion while maintaining one’s sanity. Magritte preferred the quiet anonymity of a middle-class existence, a life symbolized by the bowler-hatted men. The illustrative quality of Magritte’s pictures often results in a powerful paradox: images that are beautiful in their clarity and simplicity, but which also provoke unsettling thoughts.
  • Kandinsky and Klee: the Bauhaus Years - One of the pioneers of abstract modern art, Wassily Kandinsky exploited the evocative interrelation between colour and form to create an aesthetic experience that engaged the sight, sound, and emotions of the public. Klee’s diverse body of work cannot be categorized according to any single artistic movement, or “school.” His paintings, which are at times fantastic, childlike, or otherwise witty, served as an inspiration to the New York School, as well as many other artists of the 20th century.
  • Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael: The Triumvirate of Renaissance Art - The High Renaissance was traditionally viewed as a great explosion of creativity. Its greatest exponents were the Florentine geniuses Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, together with the Urbino master Raphael. Their art It is characterized above all by the qualities of harmony and balance. The picture is invariably totally balanced and self-contained, so that it satisfies the definition of beauty, the quintessential quality of a work of art.
  • Gauguin and Van Gogh: Postcard from Arles - Few artists have ever seen life so intensely or realized their vision in such splendid fullness. Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin both experimented with the expressive possibilities of colour and line to create distinct personal styles of painting. Working in France at the end of the nineteenth century, the two friends inspired each other during a nine-week period in the autumn of 1888.
  • Emily Kame Kngwarreye: Art from Utopia - Emily Kame Kngwarreye is one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists. She grew up in a remote desert area known as Utopia, 230 km north-east of Alice Springs, distant from the art world that sought her work. For virtually two-thirds of her life she had only sporadic contact with the outside world. It was not until she was about 80 that she became, almost overnight, an artist of national and international standing.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explore the individual qualities of each formal element such as line, colour, composition, form and how artists use them to express their ideas, their emotions.
  2. Gain the ability to recognize the works, their artists, their stylistic period and their historical significance.
  3. Use different interpretive frameworks in order to analyze works of art.