Art History Course: An Era and its Art 1
The Chantry, Thornbury
1. Napoleon and Empire - Classicism, Romanticism and Orientalism
10.30am–3.15/45pm Tea and short informal discussion session from 3.15pm
Fee: £30.00 to include coffee/tea and biscuits (or £54 for 1 & 2)
The 19th Century was a period of enormous upheaval: political, social, technological. It is, therefore, no surprise that avant-garde art at the end of the century looked very different from art being made in the early 1800s.
The French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars would see the end of the Ancien Régime. Neo-classicism replaced Rococo as the academic style. Napoleon brought many famous pieces of Classical art back to France as spoils of war.
Napoleon was also keen to use power of art as propaganda. He took artists on his military campaigns. Some artists turned to a Romantic style to capture dramatic scenes. Others were inspired by the exotic Oriental locations.
The effect of the Napoleonic wars can be seen in Goya's paintings in Spain. In England satirical prints poked fun at "the little corporal".
Join me to explore the art of this fascinating - and turbulent - era.
Former university lecturer Lynne Gibson is an experienced tutor with a vast collection of slides and her talks are always illuminating and inspiring.
To enrol please ring Pauline Darley on 01454 416291.