At a Glance
In this series, art historian and Road Scholar expert instructor Matthew Palczynski will explore how Cubism, Pop Art and other movements grew out of their respective eras. How is an artistic masterwork best defined? What are some of the most important artworks from the past century or so? Interrogate how modernism evolved into a rich tapestry of global contemporary art. Unpack how great art at once reveals something about its maker and all of us experiencing it today. The focus of this lecture will be The School of Paris before the Great War. Around 1900, innovative art continued its rapid evolution, especially in the thriving epicenter of Paris. Explore how Picasso and Matisse, among others in the Parisian avant-garde, translated the work of Cézanne, codifying what would become key tenets of modernist art.