Art History Course: An Era and its Art 2
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.
When the Napoleonic Wars curtailed travel abroad, British Grand Tourists sought spectacular scenery at home. A taste developed for "The Sublime". This fashion also grew in Northern Europe, and later, in the USA.
The industrial revolution and urban expansion created a growing nostalgia for the countryside. Taste shifted to more comforting rural views.
The new railways could transport artists to the countryside and new tubed paints made it possible to paint "en plein air". The Impressionists became fascinated by the science of atmospheric light.
Join me to explore changing responses to the landscape through 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.