Please note that this course will run over the entire year
In this course, we shall be looking at the development of French art and architecture from about 1600 to 1850. This was the time of such exhilarating styles as the Rococo and Romanticism. It was the age of an extraordinary constellation of artists, many of which are household names, people like Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jacques-Louis David and Gustave Courbet. It was a time when France emerged as the dominant European power, the quintessential Absolute Monarchy; suffered an extraordinary revolution and spread the ideas of liberty, fraternity and equality across the continent; and then collapsed, industrialized, and re-emerged as the focal point of European culture during the Second Empire. And it was the period of such fascinating patrons as Cardinal Richelieu, Louis XIV and Napoleon Bonaparte. In this course we shall attempt to do justice to all the big names. But an effort will also be made to develop an in depth understanding of the period by going down some less obvious byways. Thus due attention will be paid to the development of architecture across the period including the cityscape of Paris. We shall take a particular interest in less well-known painters like Philippe de Champaigne, Antoine-Jean Gros and Paul Delaroche. Special attention will be paid to the sculptors Jean-Antoine Houdon and Francois Rude. This is a time of great changes, remarkable personalities and stunning art. Come along and take a fresh look at one of the greatest periods of European civilization!
An optional trip to the Wallace Collection, London, will be arranged
This course will give you the opportunity to:
·learn to analyse works of painting, architecture and sculpture
·discover lots about various key artists and their works
·understand a crucial period of French and European History
Dr Chris Welander studied History at Oxford University and has a postgraduate degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is currently teaching History at Hills Road Sixth Form College.
Pay by cheque, made payable to Hills Road Sixth Form College. Please send you cheque together with a completed enrolment form, which you can find by clicking on ‘How to Enrol’ on the left hand side, to the Adult Education Office, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE. Please enclose a SAE if you require a receipt.
Please note full refunds can only be made if a class is cancelled or closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment no less than two weeks before the course starts.