Year course
European Art & Innovation: 1720-1920

Thursday 27 September 2018 - Thursday 11 July 2019

  • Thursday 27 September 2018 - Thursday 11 July 2019

  • Seminar Room 3

  • Course price £640.00 - £1,992.00

  • Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Gain a unique perspective on one of the most dynamic periods in the history of western art. Consider the contributions made by individual artists and designers within a wider context characterised by dramatic and even revolutionary change in politics and society. You will discover how new styles and methods – Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Symbolism, Modernism – succeeded each other with ever-increasing rapidity, as painters, sculptors, designers and architects competed for leadership of the ‘advance guard’ within the western art world. Also gain access to the outstanding presence of early modern period art within the V&A’s collections.

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Kathy McLachlan

Course Director Kathy McLachlan

Dr Kathy McLauchlan is an art historian specialising in French painting and the academic tradition. She completed an MA in 19th century painting and a PhD on the work of art students at the French Academy in Rome at the Courtauld Institute, University of London. Kathy has worked the Open University, Birkbeck College, NADFAS and Morley College.

I loved the variety of in-depth knowledge, made accessible by the very experienced and knowledgeable lecturers. 2017/18 Course Student

Further Information

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people • Certificate Option available • Term 2 tickets now available

Course Overview

Term 1

12 weeks, 27 September – 13 December 2018


This period saw unprecedented challenges to old European regimes centred on court, church and aristocracy, and artists played an active role in efforts to create a new world. The shift in styles reflected these wider changes in the political order, and also signalled the emergence of new audiences for art.

Term 2

13 weeks, 10 January – 4 April 2019


During the 19th century, artists and critics started to talk about an ‘advance guard’. They were referring to individuals who set themselves apart from the establishment and questioned conventional values in art and society.

Term 3

11 weeks, 2 May – 11 July 2019


By the start of the 20th century the western art world was extraordinarily vibrant and diverse. A succession of avant-garde groups from Russia to America offered competing visions of form and function, many artists seeking to integrate their efforts to create a ‘total work of art’.

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Year course: European Art & Innovation: 1720-1920

27 September 2018 - 11 July 2019

£640.00 - £1,992.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Term 3: 1900-1920

2 May – 11 July 2019

Term 3 single days

2 May – 11 July 2019


Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)