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Friday 13th March 2020, 10.30am

Art History Course: An Era and its Art 4

The Chantry, Thornbury

10.30am–3.15/45pm Tea and short informal discussion session from 3.15pm

Fee: £30.00 to include coffee/tea and biscuits

4. Escape to the Past and Fin de Siecle: Medievalism, Aestheticism and Post-Impressionism

The nineteenth 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.

Seismic changes in the early nineteenth century led to a crisis in faith in northern Europe. Protestantism splintered into a number of sects. The public - and artists - yearned for the simplicity of a Medieval past.

Rossetti and Burne-Jones led pre-Raphaelitism into the Aesthetic movement. This morphed into a darker, brooding Symbolism on the continent.

In France a few lone artists were developing new directions for art, breaking with Impressionism, inspired by the latest Freudian thinking and the lure of so-called 'Primitive' cultures.

Join me to explore art and culture towards the close of the century.

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.


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The Chantry, Thornbury
The Chantry, 52 Castle Street, Thornbury

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