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Charting the Avant Garde: From Romanticism to Utopic Abstraction

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4 Sessions / 13 hours of work per session
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Modern Art, Postmodern Art, Painting, Sculpture, Photography
Course Description

This first course covers the 19th century movements of Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism and how they set the stage for the radical expressions of Post Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, and the pure abstraction of Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Malevich.


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Session 1: Rebellion in the 19th Century: Avant-Garde to Realism (June 20, 2019)
This session will survey the rebellious art movements of the Avant-Garde, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, and Realism.
9 lessons
1. Course Introduction
2. Revolutionaries and the Avant Garde!
3. Neo-Classicism
4. Women Painters of Neo-Classicism
5. Introducing Romanticism
6. More Romanticism! (Premium Exclusive)
7. Realism
8. Realism of the Bourgeoisie
9. Interview with Gloria Groom (Premium Exclusive)
Session 2: Form and Color in Painting: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (June 27, 2019)
This session will go over the beginnings of landscape painting and its transition into Impressionism. We’ll also take in-depth looks into Post-Impressionist artists like Cézanne to Gauguin.
10 lessons
1. The Rise of Landscape Painting
2. Impressionism
3. Interview with Liz Siegel Part 1
4. Post-Impressionism: Seurat
5. Post-Impressionism Cézanne
6. Post-Impressionism Van Gogh
7. Post Impressionism: Gauguin
8. Interview with Douglas Druick (Premium Exclusive)
9. Interview with David Getsy Pt 1
10. Interview with David Getsy Pt 2 (Premium Exclusive)
Session 3: The 20th Century Explodes: Fauvism to German Expressionism (July 4, 2019)
In this session, we’ll see how colors became bolder and brighter and see the shift in the representation of structure and form throughout the Fauvism, Cubism, and German Expressionism movements.
9 lessons
1. Fauvism: Vlaminck and "the Primitive!"
2. More Fauvism: Derain, Braque, and Henri Matisse
3. The Legend of Picasso
4. Interview with Delinda Collier
5. Cubism
6. German Expressionism
7. Interview with Annie Bourneuf
8. More with Annie Bourneuf (Premium Exclusive)
9. The Degenerate Art Show (Premium Exclusive)
Session 4: Utopia and Progress: Abstraction to Futurism (July 11, 2019)
This session will explore artists’ desire for progress and idealized revolutions through the emergence of Abstraction.
8 lessons
1. Der Blaue Reiter
2. Kandinsky and the Rise of Abstraction
3. Holland and Piet Mondrian
4. Mondrian and the De Stijl Movement
5. Russian Modernism - Kazimir Malevich
6. Vladimir Tatlin
7. More Russian Art: El Lissitzky and Others
8. The Italian Futurists (Premium Exclusive)
Learning Outcomes

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What You Need to Take This Course

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Students who are currently enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are not eligible to receive credit for this course.

In order to receive college credit for these program courses, you must successfully complete and pass all 3 courses in this program. If a student signs up for the Touring Modernism: From the French Avant-Garde to American Pop and Beyond program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.

*Partial credit will not be awarded for completion of only one course.

*SAIC has a NC/NCR system - a letter grade will not be provided on transcript.

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