Looking for something to do on those cold January nights? I will be giving a series of four lectures on Art History on Wednesday evenings (time and exact dates tba). Come on out and enjoy listening to me mispronounce lots of French and German words!
War on Art: A visual tour of the effects of war upon art in Ancient Greece, Revolutionary France, Wilhelmite Germany and the United States.
Ancient Greece – Athens of the High Classical period gave us the perfect form; from the Acropolis to the ideal human shape, Athenians saw the whole world as possible perfection. After their humiliation in the Peloponnesian War they saw a very different world. This evening will look at how their art reflected these changes.
Revolutionary France – From the wispy images of Rococo to the classic columns of Neoclassicism, the years of Revolution in France brought changes not just to the style of art, but also to the role of art in a society. This evening will look at these changes and how they opened the door for even more.
Wilhelmite Germany – No European states saw a wider variety of artistic expression during the first twenty-five years of the 20th century than those that spoke German. Both Berlin and Vienna took the lead in widely varied artistic movements. This evening’s class will look at the German Expressionists of Vienna before the Great War, and the artistic reactions to defeat in post-war Berlin.
The United States – From the roaring of the 20’s to the crashing of the 30’s, American art was as volatile as it’s economy in the years leading into the Second World War. When it emerged from the war an unquestioned superpower, American artists seemed unsure how to depict a nation they barely recognized.