Course Description – Early 20th Century Art in Europe

Dr. Kimberly Rhodes, Professor of Art History, Drew University
2 hours, 5 Monday afternoons 1:30-3:30 pm
April 25, May 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2022.

The visual arts changed dramatically in Europe between 1900 and 1945. Many artists broke
their ties with conventional art academies and styles, pursuing, instead, experimental modes of
expression that responded to the rapidly modernizing world around them and emerging
psychological and spiritual ideas about the inner lives of human beings.

This course will focus on the avant-garde movements that developed during this period,
including, for example, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Dada, and Surrealism. Henri
Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Wassily Kadinsky, Marcel
Duchamp and Salvador Dali are among the artists under discussion.

Kimberly Rhodes (Ph.D., Columbia University) is NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the
Humanities and Professor of Art History at Drew University. She writes and teaches about
modern and contemporary art history and has worked as an art historian in both museum and
academic settings. Her publications include numerous articles on British visual culture from the
eighteenth century to the present and the book Ophelia and Victorian Visual Culture:
Representing Body Politics in the Nineteenth Century (Ashgate, 2008).

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