Desire & Longing In Art

Brancusi, Magritte, Rodin, Klimt, Bouguereau, Brueghel, Tuxen, O’Keeffe, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Rodin, Man Ray, Lee Miller, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Hogarth, Paula Rego, Holman Hunt, Augustus Leopold, Durer, Aubrey Beardsley, Ingres, Delacroix, Gérome, Gauguin

Date/time:
22 September – 24 November 2020
Tuesdays 10.45am - 12.45pm
Venue:
The University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, London W1K 1DB
Lecturer:
Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio
Fees:
Full course (10 sessions) £520.00
Single lecture £63.00
(includes morning coffee, tea and biscuits)

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“You have given me a new dimension to appreciating art”

Look across the centuries at how artists have explored the enduring themes of love, courtship, marriage and sexual desire.

Wedding of Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna by Laurits Tuxen, Tuxen (1895-6, Royal Collection)
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, 1932 Marriage a la Mode, The Toilette, William Hogarth

Course outline

22
Sep
2020
It Started With A Kiss

Whether in work by Brancusi, Magritte, Rodin, Klimt, or in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photograph of a sailor on V‐J Day in Times Square, the kiss is a powerful motif in art, but it isn’t always what it appears.

29
Sep
2020
Flirting In Paint

Medieval texts, seventeenth century Dutch, French rococo, and even academic paintings such as Adolphe‐William Bouguereau’s The Proposal all explored the rituals of courtship.

06
Oct
2020
The Marriage Feast

What do depictions of betrothals and weddings tell us about their respective societies? Through works such as Pieter Brueghel the younger’s Wedding Dance in A Barn, Laurits Tuxen’s A Royal Wedding, and John Lewis Krimmel’s The Country Wedding, discover a range of symbols.

13
Oct
2020
Artistic Couples

Explore the dynamics of artist couples such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe; Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock; Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin; Man Ray and Lee Miller;Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, and others.

20
Oct
2020
Broken Vows ‐ Adultery And Its Consequences

Hogarth’s Marriage a la Mode, the paintings and pastels of Paula Rego (subject of a 2021 retrospective at Tate Britain), the Victorian mistresses depicted by Holman Hunt, Augustus Leopold Egg’s triptych Past and Present, all speculate on the darker side of marriage.

27
Oct
2020
Les Grandes Horizontales And Other Fallen Women

In nineteenth century Paris, the top courtesans acquired mythical reputations and celebrity status. Discover how they inspired or commissioned artists, much like their predecessors in other eras.

03
Nov
2020
Devouring Females

From Durer’s witches, Aubrey Beardsley’s femmes fatales (on display in an exhibition at Tate Britain in Spring 2020), to contemporary works by Alexis Hunter and others, female sexuality has often been portrayed as a dangerous force.

10
Nov
2020
The Male Nude

Is a convincing language of desire for the male nude? Examine masterpieces like Michelangelo’s David, Thomas Eakins’ young men, Caillebotte’s bathers, and others.

17
Nov
2020
Great Romances

Fictional lovers like Orpheus and Eurydice, Romeo and Juliet, Lancelot and Guinevere, Tristan and Isolde have all been represented in artworks which reveal as much about the artist’s era as the original story.

24
Nov
2020
The Exotic ‘Other’

Whether in the harems of Ingres, Delacroix or Gérome, in Gauguin’s Tahiti women, or Mapplethorpe’s nudes, the black body has been made the subject of Western artists’ fantasies.