‘Colour has always had something secretive about it that is difficult to grasp. This mysterious quality penetrates the mind. The colours are the most irrational elements in painting. They possess something suggestive, a suggestive power.’
– Paul Klee
This course is a series of online lectures delivered each morning over the course of a week (Monday to Friday). Each lecture will last approximately two hours, with a 10 minute interval, and will include plenty of time for questions and discussion. The course will provide an opportunity to explore in greater depth the work of a small number of 20th century painters for whom colour was the most important and powerful element of their visual language. Liberated from a merely descriptive function, colour in the hands of these artists took on a life of its own, expressing an emotional response to life as directly and powerfully as music. How did they engage with colour relationships in their creative process? And what kinds of meaning did they want these relationships to communicate?
Featured artists will include Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Gillian Ayres, Bridget Riley, Howard Hodgkin, Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, Sean Scully
Students will require require a computer or tablet device with a stable internet connection to attend the lectures. No materials required.