Year course
Chardin to Cezanne: Art and Innovation in Europe 1720 – 1900

Thursday 22 September 2016 - Thursday 13 July 2017

  • Thursday 22 September 2016 - Thursday 13 July 2017

  • Seminar Room 4

  • Course price £73.00 - £1,950.00

  • Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

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

Explore the major developments in Western painting of the 18th and 19th centuries and learn about the Rococo, the Romantics, Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionists and Post Impressionists. Within the framework of a chronological survey, this course considers some of the most celebrated artists of the modern age - including the work of Watteau, Hogarth, Blake, Courbet, Degas, Whistler and Van Gogh - together with many others whose names will be less familiar.

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Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Year Course Director Dr Kathy McLauchlan

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.

The instructors clearly know their stuff, and are highly articulate, but most important is their enthusiasm, which is catching. Couldn’t imagine a better way to learn about art. David Finlay, 2015/16 Year Course student

Delve deeper into the subjects you love

Enjoy thought-provoking lectures and access to the V&A collections in a group who share your passion. Refreshments served on arrival each day. Year course students are eligible for NUS student cards, and have the option of a certificate of completion

Course Overview

Autumn Term

12 weeks, 22 September – 8 December 2016


After Louis XIV died in 1715 Europe entered a comparatively peaceful period, stimulating demand for art and design across Europe. Rome was the international hub for western art, and it was there that the new style of Neoclassicism emerged after 1760.

Spring Term

12 weeks, 12 January – 30 March 2017


At the start of the 19th century western artists confronted dramatic changes in politics and society. The increasing wealth of the middle classes encouraged a more diverse and vibrant art market, and painters sought to depict the realities of contemporary life.

Summer Term

12 weeks, 27 April – 13 July 2017


After 1870 Paris became the centre of Europe’s art scene. It was home to a prestigious academic establishment and a vibrant avant-garde. The Impressionists introduced new ways to depict nature and launched a new type of exhibition – the independent group show.

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Year course: Chardin to Cezanne: Art and Innovation in Europe 1720 – 1900

22 September 2016 - 13 July 2017

£73.00 - £1,950.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

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