WHAT MAKES AN ARTIST GREAT?
Distinguished Emeritus Professor Ian Aaronson, Medical University of South Carolina
This generously illustrated course examines the life and work of five artists who stood apart from their peers and changed the direction of western art. Participants will learn how Giotto di Bondone made a break from conventional Byzantine imagery by endowing his figures with a realism that paved the way to the Renaissance. They discover painter and printmaker Rembrandt van Rijn who developed an approach to portraiture that revealed a psychological depth hitherto unknown. William Turner’s art evolved with his landscape paintings becoming more atmospheric. Next participants observe how Paul Cézanne’s novel application of paint to canvas, trying to integrate man with nature, opened the door to the revolutionary art of the twentieth century. Finally, the course shows how Henri Matisse’s abolition of perspective and his liberation of colour allowed him to create joyful works of great elegance and simplicity.
1. Giotto di Bondone: Gateway to the Renaissance
2. Rembrandt van Rijn: The eye of the beholder
3. William Turner: Landscape becomes atmosphere
4. Paul Cézanne: Analysing the image
5. Henri Matisse: The joy of simplicity