The World in 100 Paintings

A 5 week, 2 hour, lecture based course at The Cut, Halesworth. Start date Wednesday 24 th February. Times 1030 – 12 30. Cost £10 per session or £40 for the set.

Course information;
When was this made? Who made it? For whom? And Why?

Paintings make windows onto the world. Different times and places reveal themselves through Art; the way the painting is made and the people its made for give us fascinating insights into our pasts.

From the course, you will gain a sense of time and place as a lens for exploring Art.

Each session will be made up of 25 paintings. The sessions are stand-alone and also create a series when put together.

This group of 5 sessions follows the same format as ‘Art Appreciation for All’; the major part of the session will be taken up by a lecture. There will also be room for some interaction amongst the audience and a question time.
Some of the images will pick up on those explored in ‘Art Appreciation for All’, giving you an opportunity to develop knowledge from the previous course.

  1. A Gallop through 22,000 years and 100 paintings

An introductory lecture will feature all 100 paintings and fit them into a time line of historical events, changing styles and some stories behind each piece. The focus of this session will be on the making of the painting, its medium and its message. We will also be looking at how we can start to enter other worlds through paintings.

2.The Renaissance

The two European regions of the Netherlands and Italy generated radical new ways of seeing the world between 1400 and 1600. The core shift was from a world centred on the Divine and the Hereafter to one full of curiosity about human concerns and the here and now.
We will look at this shift, at the new medium of oil painting, at the art it generated and how the art itself helped create this shift. A final thought will be around whether this is still the world we inhabit.

3.The Early Modern period

The Christian world was radically reformed and split during the 16th Century. The new orders that emerged and became allied to different political and economic systems produced fresh kinds of painting, dependent on new supports, canvas and paper. The new art could be engaging and approachable and intimate, or grandiose and intimidating. A novel kind of painting, the Nude, flitted between these two polarities. We will spend some time investigating what was behind this new development and why the Nude has become such a mainstay of art until today.

  1. The Nineteenth Century; Industrialisation, Revolution and Empires.

New technologies, rapid communication systems burgeoning cities and trade made the world a startlingly different place. This brought radical changes in the potential roles for painters, whether as political activists, pillars of the establishment, independent thinkers or purchasers of new fangled tubes of lurid coloured paints, ready made canvases and brushes from catalogues. We will pay close attention to Manet, as the first undeniably modern painter, and the ways in which he set up a new paradigm for an artist at the centre of the modern art world in Paris.

  1. Our Modern World

In the contemporary world, the charting of the relationship between painting and place and time becomes more fragmented. The present is too close for a coherent narrative to be presented. We will turn our attention instead to the painters who have been left out of the grand narrative, the women, the untutored, the painters from other cultures, and minorities. Artists like Banksy who challenge the status quo, take painting to the streets and off the canvases and out of the galleries will claim our attention. We will ask the question, how relevant is painting to our times and what indeed is painting in 2016?