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Lecture 1

FAH288H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Henri Matisse


Department
Fine Art History (FAH)
Course Code
FAH288H5
Professor
Beggs
Lecture
1

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FAH288 – Lecture 1 – Sept 10
Week 2
Seurat
- took small dots of paint of primary colours to build up painting
Gauguin
- post-impressionist and symbolist (expressing something beyond observable
reality) artist
Van Gogh
- lines that express inner emotion
cezanne
- builds up on small blocks than heavy lines
week 3
Workshop in TUT in LIB (7-8)
Matisse
- drew on new inovations on use of colour in van gogh and Gauguin
- rather than expressing inner emotion like van gogh and Gauguin, he expressed his
idea of beauty in idealistic settings, vibrant colours and flowing lines
- worked in paris with other artists..starting fauvism
Kirchner
- 1907
- Beginning of fauvism in paris
- Emotional and political subject matter
- The bridge group
Kandinsky
- Russian immigrant to Germany started in 1909
- Style changes – very different from other types
- Non-representational – not realistic – no pictorial realism
- Drive towards pure abstraction
- Expresses inner spirituality
Week 4
The rise of cubism in paris
Happens around same time as german expressionism and fauvism
- cubism has a lot of influence (Picasso and Braque especially)
Picasso
- response to Matisse’s painting “the joy of life”
- Picasso wanted to be more shocking than Matisse
- About the human drive around sexuality
- Provocative subject matter: Prostitutes in a brothel
- Pieces together sharp shapes to make the painting
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