Taking advantage of current exhibitions on view at The Met this spring as well as the Museum’s permanent collection, this course will offer a close examination of painters, sculptors and designers from Northern Europe working during the “long nineteenth century,” a time of warfare, the industrial revolution and tremendous social change. Responding to these events, artists from Norway to Austria created objects and images that engaged with their own notions of place and identity; while most did travel to the cultural centers of Paris and Rome and beyond, many returned home. The course will begin in the current exhibition devoted to the Danish artists of the period, Beyond the Light: Identity and Place in Nineteenth-Century Danish Art with lectures considering other Scandinavian painters such as Edvard Munch and Hilma af Klint. Spending time in the Nineteenth Century Wing, we’ll be looking closely at works by Northern Europeans supplemented with lectures focusing on Caspar David Friedrich and Gustav Klimt. We will conclude in the Modern Galleries to witness the evolution of German Expressionism and the Bauhaus, with lectures on the life of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, placing the images from The Met’s upcoming exhibition Van Gogh’s Cypresses, in the larger context of his life and times.
Monday, March 27 // 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday, April 3 // 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday, April 10 // 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday, April 17 // 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday, May 8 // 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday, May 22 // 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday, June 5 // 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday, June 12 // 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
This class includes continental breakfast served in the Patrons Lounge as well as a three course lunch in The Met Dining Room, every session.