History | Looking At Victorian Art | Paintings as Social History
Why this course?
The fascinating, colourful Victorian narrative and figurative paintings tell us much more than the main picture and are full of symbolism and meaning, exposing other features hardly noticed: revealing massive social, economic and cultural changes, turmoil and emotions.
We study later Victorian artists who wanted to show domestic scenes and ‘real life’ and were not afraid of painting controversial subjects which might shock the public. Paintings, such as the large William Powell Frith’s Derby Day were so popular when they were shown that a rail was needed to stop the public from getting too close to the pictures and damaging them.
Domestic scenes showed interiors of everyday life which appealed to the public. Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell chose to use fiction to expose social conditions in a way that fired the reader’s interest and enabled them to become aware and to discuss, maybe act. Artists attempted to expose conditions by painting them realistically rather than making the subjects beautiful. Some took a moral stance, and the fallen woman was a popular subject.
Course is illustrated with masses of Victorian paintings on powerpoint slideshows.
- Fascinating social and cultural history
- Powerpoint slideshows
- Lots of colourful art images
- Relaxed atmosphere
- Entertaining and friendly tutor
Tutor: Sarah Tobias
Please note that there are no applicable discounts for this course.