Symbolism & Art Nouveau

OSH 730 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: LFH 102
Instructor: Dr. Batia Cohen

Course Description

The Belle Époque, the late 19th century was a period of great development in Europe. Inventions, discoveries and innovations turned the art world as well. In contrast with Realism and Impressionism, parallel styles and artistic movements developed. Such is the case of Symbolism. The message is going to be more important than technique and artists are going to develop their own style.

The Art Nouveau period (1890 to 1910) is reflected in art, architecture, furniture, and all parts of ordinary life. Join us for this fascinating lecture series on this popular style and philosophy. What was it and how did it come to be? In this series of lectures, we will examine a variety of influences on Art Nouveau, the architecture, art, jewelry, and many aspects of the world of Art Nouveau. 

Week 1

Introduction to Symbolism

Week 2

Art Nouveau as a style           

Week 3

Paul Gauguin. Beyond Tahiti

Week 4

The Nabis and their colors

Week 5

Antoni Gaudi. The Fantastic Architecture of Barcelona

Week 6

Primitivism: the Naive painting Henri Rousseau

Dr. Batia Cohen has a Ph.D. in Mesoamerican Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the Universidad Metropolitana in Mexico City. She was an adjunct professor at Florida International University and she has taught in Florida for the past 15 years. Batia has published numerous articles in specialized Art and History magazines. She is currently a collaborator of a cultural magazine in Spanish online; She is the author of the historical novel Una Amapola Entre Cactus

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