From the Fauvism of Matisse to the Surrealism of Magritte, this six-week programme will introduce you to the many artistic movements that erupted in European painting during the first half of the twentieth century. Along the way you will meet the most important European artists, such as Picasso, Mondrian, Duchamp and Dali, amongst many others. You will learn about the radical developments that transformed European art, and about some of the great works that have sold at Christie’s. In special features that accompany the course, you will also learn about the market for Modern art, and how it developed from collectors buying directly from artists, to today’s sales of their works for tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars. This series of exclusive video interviews gives you access to those who helped build the market for modern art, and those currently at the forefront of it.
Exclusive interviews feature:
- Peter Johnson, Rockefeller Family Historian, on the Rockefeller collections of modern art
- Stephen Lash, Christie’s Chairman Emeritus, on the restitution and sale of the major Klimts of Adele Bloch-Bauer
- Christopher Burge and John Lumley, in conversation, on sourcing works of modern art and how they built the market from the 1960s to the 1990s
- Michelle McMullan, Christie’s Senior Specialist, on the determinants of value in modern paintings
- Rebecca Wei, Ex-Christie’s Chairman Asia, on trends in collecting modern art in Asian regions
- Giovanna Bertazzoni, Christie’s Co-Chairman of Impressionist & Modern Art, on today’s market for modern art
What you will learn:
- You will have gained a solid understanding of the development of modern art in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century
- You will be able to identify the major movements, styles and artists active in Europe during this period
- You will understand how modern artists looked to each other, to the past, and across cultures as they developed their innovative styles
- You will have learned that modern artists were at the vanguard of the visual arts, actively seeking to understand and develop the meaning of ‘art’
- You will have learned how the First World War and major societal shifts impacted the lives of artists and their practice
- You will be introduced to Modernist works sold at Christie’s, and seen how the history of Modernism is traceable through works at auction
- In a series of special features, you will be introduced to the stories of those active at the important moments in the market for modern art, and will have learned about today’s global market, the boom years of the 1980s, major collectors of the early years of modern art, as well as how modern art is valued and authenticated today
This course has been CPD certified.
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Watch our trailer video for an overview of the course
© René Magritte (1898–1967), L’empire des lumières © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019
Watch an excerpt from Session Four: Futurism, Suprematism, De Stijl. After having learnt about the development of these movements and the artists working within them, this excerpt takes students through an in-depth study of a single work by Piet Mondrian and an exploration of its value.
Session One – Fauvism
Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck, Braque
Session Two – Expressionism
Kirchner, Schmidt-Rottluff, Heckel, Nolde, Kandinsky, Marc, Münter, Jawlensky, Schiele
Session Three – Cubism
Picasso, Braque, Gris, Metzinger, Delaunay, Léger, Duchamp
Session Four – Futurism, Suprematism, De Stijl
Boccioni, Balla, Severini, Goncharova, Malevich, af Klint, Mondrian
Session Five – Dada and Return to Order
Arp, Schwitters, Höch, Hausmann, Duchamp, Grosz, Dix, Beckmann, Picasso, Léger, Derain
Session Six – Surrealism
De Chirico, Ernst, Tanguy, Sage, Carrington, Tanning, Miró, Dalí, Magritte
18 January – 28 February 2022
Online Orientation opens on 11 January 2022
19 April - 30 May 2022
Online Orientation opens on 12 April 2022
Enrol on this course for $1,530 if you register before 8 March 2022
19 July – 29 August 2022
Online Orientation opens on 12 July 2022
Enrol on this course for $1,530 if registering before 2 June 2022
20 September – 31 October 2022
Online Orientation opens on 13 September 2022
Enrol on this course for $1,530 if registering before 9 August 2022
1 November – 12 December 2022
Online Orientation opens on 25 October 2022
Enrol on this course for $1,530 if registering before 20 September 2022
The Christie’s Education Online Course Experience
Find out how you study with us
- Online courses are designed for students to study when it is most convenient for them. Our pre-recorded lectures are filmed with documentary-style production values, taking you on a narrative-led journey through your chosen subject.
- Each module's lecture lasts for approximately one hour.
- Our courses are arranged in modules, containing your lectures and special features. Each week, a new module will open for you to study, allowing you to explore the content at your own pace. Typically, our courses consist of six modules overall.
- Handouts and English subtitles are provided to reinforce your learning.
- Discussion boards allow networking with fellow students.
- You have three weeks after the course has finished to complete your assignments and discuss the course with your tutor.
- All video lectures and course materials remain available to students for six months.
- Tutor contact is available for nine weeks from the start of your course, and all lectures are available for an additional six months.
- If you complete all the assignments and complete the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Certificates are not available for self-directed courses.
The course will require between two to three hours of study time per week. There will be further reading and weekly assignments.
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Online Course Brochure
Online Course Brochure
Lectures developed and written by Mari Griffith with additional material by William Paton. Presented by Ben Street. Online tutoring throughout the course is by Christie’s Education faculty.
For any queries about this course please contact
Flora Warrington, Online Courses
Telephone: +44 20 7930 6074