Modernity: Art and Ideas, Tuesdays, January 11 to March 1, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The radically new ideas and inventions that dramatically changed life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries transformed art as well. We’ll examine the impact of the industrial revolution, new forms of transportation, scientific discoveries, advances in medicine, psychiatry, the influence of the occult and esoteric, non-Western art, emancipation and secularization on late 19th and early 20th century art. Works by Monet, Cassatt, Gauguin, Klimt, Munch, Kandinsky, Picasso, O’Keeffe, Ernst, Pollock and many others reflect the revolutionary changes that ushered in modernity.

Claude Monet, Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare, 1877. Source.
Mary Cassatt, The Letter, 1890-91. Source. Kitagawa Utamaro, Hinazuru of the Keizetsuro, c. 1794-95. Source.
Chaïm Soutine, The Village, 1923. Source.
Greco Mask, Ivory Coast or Liberia, from Picasso’s Collection.
Picasso, Guitar, 1912. Source.
Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946. Source.
Sonia Delaunay-Terk, clothing and custom paint-job on Citroen designed by Delauney-Terk. Source.

6.Alexander Rodchenko, Stairs, 1929. Source.
Hilma af Klint, Altarpiece No. 1, Group X, 1915. Source.
Vasily Kandinsky, Composition 8, 1923. Source.

Robert Fludd, Utriusque Cosmi: “Et sic in infinitum,” 1617. Source. Kasimir Malevich, Black Square in the icon corner, in 0,10: The Last Futurist Exhibition of Painting, Petrograd, Winter 1915/16. Source.
Salvador Dalí, Metamorphosis of Narcissus, 1937. Source.
Louise Bourgeois, Janus Fleuri, 1968. Source.

This course is offered through the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies.