From Vienna to Versailles

Twenty European Artists from 1815 – 1918

Each of these ten thematic lectures focuses on a comparison between two artists. They trace the development of European art from the conservative reaction after the Napoleonic wars through Victorian escapism to the feverish experiments before the First World War.

The first looks at the romanticism of Géricault and Delacroix. The second compares the landscapes of Turner and Constable and the third the realism of Courbet and Millet. The fourth returns to England and the Pre-Raphaelite artists Millais and Holman Hunt. The next three lectures explore Impressionism and Post Impressionism through the work of Manet and Degas, Monet and Cézanne and Gauguin and Van Gogh. They also put them in the context of other artists from Mary Cassatt and Camille Claudel to Seurat and Lautrec.

Further lectures contrast the fin de siècle worlds of Munch and Klimt and the early twentieth century work of Picasso and Braque and Matisse and Kandinsky.

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