‘Signs of the Times’ – The hidden language of paintings (part II): Rococo to Romanticism by David McBurnie

Wednesdays – 18th, 25th October and 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th, November, 6pm – 8pm

Summery:

The course will focus on developments in European art from c.1700 to c.1850.- from the light, decorative Rococo style to the dramatic individuality of much ‘Romantic’ painting. The main emphasis will be on the way in which the visual art of the period reflects the social/political, cultural and philosophical development of the time.

Content and Structure: 

Each session  will be centered on a specific works, each reflecting a theme, and forming the basis for winder development.

Session 1 – ‘Leisure and Labour’

(Watteau – ‘The Music Party’ [c.1718].

Chardin – ‘ The Laundress’ [1733].)


Session 2 – ‘Family Life – Town & Country’

(Boucher – ‘The Breakfast’ [1739]

Gainsborough – ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ [1749].)


Session 3 – ‘Images of Expansion’

(Reynolds – ‘George Clive with his Family and an Indian Maid Servant’ [1765]

Joseph Wright of Derby – ‘A philosopher giving a lecture on the orrery’ [c.1764 – 66].)


Session 4 – ‘Escapism & Nostalgia’

(Schinkel – ‘Cathedral Overlooking a City’ [1813]

Delacroix – ‘Women of Algiers’ [1834].)


Session 5 – ‘ The Drama of Reality’

(Gericault – ‘The Raft of the Medusa’ [1819]

Delacroix – ‘Liberty Leading the People [1830].)


Session 6 – ‘Figures in a Landscape’

(Friedrich – ‘Chalk Cliffs on Rugen’ [1818]

Richter – ‘The Schreckenstein Crossing’ [1837].)


€100 (€30) deposit due on booking. To book please email [email protected] or call 061 312833.