Modernism imageThis course is designed to introduce you to some of the most exciting and challenging art of the past century and a half. Starting with the Impressionist art of the 1870s, and ending with Pop Art in the 1960s, we will take a whistle-stop tour of some of the major art movements associated with the period known as High Modernism, and pause a while to examine some of its leading artists, from Monet and Picasso, to Dali and Warhol.

Not only is study of this period in art history extremely rewarding and enjoyable in itself, but you will end the course with a greater understanding of some most significant works of art to be found in museums and galleries across the world today.

No previous knowledge of art, history, or art history is necessary, and your tutor is an expert at guiding both novices and the more experienced through the - sometimes shocking and sometimes comic - intricacies of modern art.

The course is organised to encourage discussion and debate, whilst also allowing us to explore the historical development of modern art, and the ideas and influences behind the work of artists of this period.

Provisional course programme
WeekTopic
 Week 1  Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
 Week 2  Anarchist Landscapes, Matisse and the Wild Beasts
 Week 3  Munch, Ensor and Expressionism
 Week 4  Cubism and its Offspring
 Week 5  Freud, Dada and Surrealism
 Week 6  Constructivism and the Russian Revolution
 Week 7  British Modernism
 Week 8  Abstraction to Pop
Syllabus

About the tutor 

Dr Michael Paraskos is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Programme Officer in the art history department at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Michael is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has published very widely on art of this period, as well as reviewing exhibitions and novels for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and The Spectator magazine. His novel In Search of Sixpence was published in 2016.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the tutor, Dr Michael Paraskos, m.paraskos@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment informaton please visit our enrolment pages.