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Saturday Study Days in Art History


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Saturday Study Days in Art History

Berthe Morisot, Portrait of a Woman, oil on canvas, 1872-75 © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Saturday Study Days in Art History


Our Saturday Study Days offer an intense engagement with works of art in their cultural contexts.  They are led by one, two or more expert speakers and take place once a term.   

The summer term Study event will focus on ‘modern women’ in Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Expressionist art and will take place on Saturday 9 June, 11 am to 4 pm;  booking is now CLOSED. The date and  subject for the  autumn term event will be online by early July.  




Saturday 9 June 2018

Study Day 
Object/Subject:  Modern Women in Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Expressionist Art

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
The Courtauld Institute of Art

10.30 registration and coffee
11am to 4pm with time for Q&A; free admission to The Courtauld Gallery until it closes at 6 pm (last admission 5.30 pm).

Dr Anne Puetz and Dr Niccola Shearman


‘Modern women’ feature prominently in some of The Courtauld Gallery’s best-known art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Painted by Manet and Monet, Renoir and Degas, Gauguin and Seurat, they range from lowly corps de ballet dancers to stars of the contemporary stage, from nameless nudes to fashionably dressed society ladies, from barmaids to bourgeoises.  But women did not contribute to the avant-garde merely as muses, sitters and models.  Looking at a number of works by Berthe Morisot, and by Gabriele Münter, Paula Modersohn Becker and others associated with German Expressionism, we will explore the ways in which these artists bridged the gap between societal norms and their own creative ambitions.  More widely, we will discuss the relationship between artist and model, the connotations of the ‘modern’ in 19th-century society, the role of fashion, changing ideas of beauty and attitudes to the body,  the lure of the ‘exotic’ and the influence of the Parisian art world.

Advance booking necessary
Cost:  £45 (£40 concessions for the unwaged, over 60s and students in full-time education)






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