Lecture Series - American Realism: An Independence of Style
April 27, 2021
If you are unable to attend the live sessions, do not worry - all those who register will automatically be sent copies of the lectures to view in your own time (from around four hours after they take place). Further details on how to register can be found at the end of this newsletter.
American Realism: An Independence of Style
Pre Civil War America celebrated its dwindling wilderness and newly discovered western frontiers through the grandiose panoramas of the Hudson River School of landscape painters. In post Civil War America – its innocence lost - artists were now eager to depict real life from direct experiences. Photographers, cartoonists and illustrators became the new artists who turned to painting to depict a change in the nation’s cultural mood. Sentimentality was abandoned with art presented not in moral terms, but through everyday scenes of modern life. Over the course of two lectures, James Hill will explore the changes in American art at the dawn of the twentieth century as conventional norms were challenged by an emerging group of observational realists working in New York City. In the first he will introduce a small group of painters known as the Ashcans, who were active from around 1900, and their later influence. In the second, James will investigate the life, times and art of Edward Hopper, America’s most renowned realist whose memorable and uncanny paintings influenced the art and psyche of America for much of the last century.
Lecture 1 - True to Life: The Ashcan School Tuesday 27 April 2021 at 11am BST
Format for Lecture
James produced reading and slide lists:
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