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After Post-Impressionism—Fauvism and Expressionism

23rd November 2019 @ 9:45 am - 2:30 pm



Fauvism and Expressionism: The Power of Colour

In the second half of the nineteenth century, from the Impressionists to Gauguin, van Gogh, and Munch, artists had used colours in an increasingly liberated way. Continuing this trend, some artists in the first two decades of the twentieth century painted with strong saturated colours, leaving the audience baffled and shocked. It felt like a chromatic explosion. Indeed, Derain did compare his pure colours to “sticks of dynamite”, meant to burst with light and expression. During this study day we will look into Fauvism and Expressionism, as well as the emergence of abstract art.


Caroline Levisse has a Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Paris 8. She lectures on modern and contemporary art for the WEA. Her research work is concerned with the relations between art and religion in Northern and Western Europe today.

9.45     Registration

10.00   Fauvism: Colour for its own sake: We will start with Matisse, Derain,   and Vlaminck, whose bold paintings scandalised the Parisians in 1905.

11.00   Tea/coffee

11.30   German Expressionism: “Die Brücke” & “The Blue Rider”. Starting in 1905 in Dresden and Munich, artists such as Kirchner, Nolde, Kandinsky, Munter, and Marc reacted to the uncertainties of the time by creating powerfully expressive paintings.

12.30   Lunch by Daisy’s (included in the fee)

1.30     The path to abstraction: Focusing on Delaunay and Kandinsky, we will follow Fauvism and Expressionism towards their logical next step: abstract art. And we will see how colour became an expressive language of its own.

2.30     Close


To book a place on the Study Day send your name, address, telephone number and cheque (£28 per person) payable to Pinner Adult Education Society, clearly marked Fauvism on the REVERSE of the cheque to:

Sandra Cheetham, 10, Holmwood Close, North Harrow, HA2 6JX

Phone Sandra (020 8428 2688) for more details.

Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for receipt and confirmation of your booking. A place cannot be reserved for you until your cheque has been received and confirmed.

No refunds within two weeks of the Study Day.


23rd November 2019
9:45 am - 2:30 pm


Jennie and Robin Youle
020 8866 0809


The Verden Gallery, Upstairs at West House
West House, Pinner Memorial Park
Pinner, HA5 1AE United Kingdom
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