What is the course about?
In this one-day course we will study the development of Neo-classicism and the artists involved, within the context of academic traditions and changing stylistic concerns, before turning our attention to Jacques-Louis David’s enormous canvases. Through analysis of his famous works we will chart the progress of his painting and his relationship with the political and artistic establishment.
What will we cover?
• The development of Neo-classicism, with focus on artistic context, tumultuous social and political change and the influence of Winckelmann and the antique.
• David’s history paintings and portraits, focusing on style, content and his significant influence through his many noteworthy students including Drouais, Girodet and Ingres.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Discuss the evolution of the Neo-Classical style and identify its characteristics
• Describe how Neo-classical interests develop in David’s paintings
• Assess the significance of Neo-Classicism on the political landscape at the turn of the nineteenth century.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with slide presentations and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This one-day course is one of a series of ten that look at significant art movements throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with specific focus on one key artist. The courses cover movements from Neo-Classicism to Pop Art.
The Art Icon series includes:
VB706 - Art icons: Jacques-Louis David and Neoclassicism
VB707 - Art icons: JMW Turner and Romanticism
VB711 - Art icons: Courbet and Realism
VB715 - Art icons: Monet and Impressionism
VB716 - Art icons: Gauguin and Post-Impressionism
VB717 - Art icons: Picasso and Cubism
VB718 - Art icons: Kandinsky and Expressionism
VB719 - Art icons: Duchamp and Dada
VB720 - Art icons: Jackson Pollock and Abstract Expressionism
VB721 - Art icons: Andy Warhol and Pop Art.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details