Exploring Modern Art

Instructor:  Anne Spencer

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Required text

The period of art history frequently referred to as Modern Art began in the late 1700s, when artists in Europe began to break from Classical idealism in painting. Changes in style in the l800s resulted in Realism and Impressionism as artists left their studios to paint outside where they explored the nuances of light and color; they are now known as the “paysagistes.”

As the 1900s began, style changes resulted from the increased relationship between the artist and the meaning of the subject, as influenced by changes in society and living conditions, and by using new materials and techniques resulting in Expressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and beyond. Participants will review and discuss slides of several hundred paintings of known and respected artists from approximately the 1850s to 1950s, and, hopefully, share their insights related to other historical milestones of the period.

Required Text(s): None, but recommended “The Art Spirit,” Robt. Henri, 1923; paperback printed in 1984, Lippencott, PA, approx. $8.99 available anywhere; just keep looking!)

Anne Spencer received a BA in Fine Arts from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, and an MA in Liberal Studies from the University of Maine at Orono ME. A particular interest in Modern Art led her on an independent study tour of Museums and Galleries in Europe and the USA. She enjoys drawing and painting with ink, watercolor, and oil, and has exhibited her paintings in galleries and art shows. Anne has taught courses in drawing and watercolor in which she emphasizes painting outside “en plein air” and the importance of development and significance of artists and styles in art history.