Netherlands, Utrecht

From Van Gogh to Picasso: Modern European and Dutch Art

when 1 August 2014 - 15 August 2014
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1260

In the 19th and 20th century there was a crisis in art. Being able to paint a convincing image of a mythical goddess leaning against a broken column was no longer a guarantee for success.

It is the period of the –isms, such as Impressionism, Cubism and Expressionism. But despite the obvious differences between these movements, each of them strove for the same thing: to create an art more truthful than ever before.

Vincent van Gogh looked for the truth in hypnotically swirling brushstrokes that conveyed his true emotions, whereas legendary Dutch abstract artist Piet Mondrian found it in lines and squares that were so perfect, that it was difficult to imagine a person, not a machine, had painted them.

Many people feel at loss as to how to approach a modern artwork: it is too abstract, too strange, and they feel locked out from being able to interact with it. Dutch Modern Art made a unique contribution to the whirlpool of European Modern movements, but some artists are barely known to an international audience. This course tackles both issues: it provides you with tools to understand and experience Modern art and provides you with both a general overview of European Modern art and a specialist one of Dutch Modern art.

Throughout this course, you will discover how Dutch and European Modern artists, from architects and costume designers to painters and sculptors strove for the elusive ideal of truthfulness. You will gain a deeper understanding for the different styles and approaches of modern artists, both on a European and on a Dutch level, combining general with specialist knowledge, a personal and subjective approach with a factual or technical one, by visiting cities, museums, discussions and even trying out some modern art techniques yourself in this interactive course, that is for the most part taught in front of the original artworks.

Upon completion, you will have seen many highlights from the 19th and 20th century, you will be able to recognise the main painters and distinguish different movements in both European and Dutch Modern art, you will have become confident in recognising, discussing and analysing a Modern artwork and sharing your ideas with your peers and ultimately have gained a deeper understanding of the idea of modern art in general.

Course leader

Nausikaä El-Mecky, MA, PhD Candidate

Target group

The course is open to participants (graduates and non-graduates) from all disciplines with a keen interest in Art History.

Course aim

The course gives students a broad overview of Dutch Modern Art through the exploration of culture, daily life, academic approaches, excursions and case-studies.

Credits info

4 ECTS
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1260: Course + course materials + housing

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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