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History of Art & Design Course: The Art of the Symbolist Movement

5 week course

Mondays 14, 21, 28 November, 5, 12 December

11am - 1pm


Pre-booking required

Clore Learning Studio at Watts Studios

This course studies the Europe-wide late 19th century art movement which emphasised subjectivity and the mystery of life. Study artists including G F Watts, Edward Burne-Jones, Gustav Moreau, Odilon Redon, Paul Gauguin, Edvard Munch and Gustav Klimt.


14 November: An Introduction to the Art of the Symbolist Movement

Watts and the British Symbolist Movement (including gallery tour) - Dr Nicholas Tromans (Brice Curator, Watts Gallery - Artists' Village)

21 November: Sphinxes and Salomes: Gustave Moreau and French Symbolism - Kirsten Tambling (Artists' Studio Museums Network Administrator and PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London)

The French Symbolist Movement: Post Impressionists - Hilary Underwood (Curatorial Advisor, Watts Gallery - Artists' Village)

28 November: Fernand Kknopff and Belgian Symbolist Art - Hilary Underwood

Giovanni Segatini and Italian Symbolist Art - Hilary Underwood

5 December: Multiplying the Image: Printmaking and Symbolism - Dr Nicholas Tromans

Studio Museums of the Nineteenth Century - Dr Nicholas Tromans

12 December: 'Blue Rose': Symbolist Art in Russia, 1890-1915 - Dr Louise Hardiman (University of Oxford)

Together and Alone: Symbolism in Scandinavia - Dr Charlotte Ashby (Birkbeck, University of London)

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