Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Art
Investigate the visual art movements of the early twentieth century and meet the artists who were concerned with innovation and progress in their work, whether in their chosen themes, techniques, or use of materials. The tendency toward greater abstraction characterized many styles of modern art in the twentieth century, as artists placed greater emphasis on eliminating recognizable subject matter and concentrated on foregrounding the elements of art itself – primarily line, shape and color. Explore the vibrant paintings of the Fauvists, the “wild beasts” like Henri Matisse; the abstract works of Cubism by Picasso and Braque; and Surrealism in its distinctive interpretations by Magritte and Miró, among others.
We will pay special attention to the small-scale works of Salvador Dalí, minutely detailed, hyper-realistic imagery of bizarre, grotesque and often erotically charged natural and imaginary objects. This class will prepare you for a well-informed visit to the Meadows Museum and its special exhibition Dali and the Poetics of the Small.
This course does not include a group visit to the Meadows Museum.