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Course Description

Why were artists motivated to create art that was anti-social and even antagonistic to the average viewer? Think Marcel Duchamp and Otto Dix. How did the social and political upheavals experienced in the turn of the 20th Century influence the rapid development and diversity of painting styles from the realism of Manet to the cubism of Picasso to the abstract expressionism of Pollock? This course will survey modern painters, like Matisse, Kandinsky, Dali, and Severini--and their radical styles. We will examine why they rejected conventional realism and traditional norms of society in order to make art that was reflective of a new social order. Slides of artists, and their art, will complement the lectures.
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