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Postgraduate Course: Twentieth-Century Picasso (HIAR11115)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the work of Pablo Picasso in a series of contexts - artistic, art-theoretical, national and political, over the course of the twentieth century.
Course description Picasso produced one of the largest and most diverse bodies of work in the history of art, spanning a wide range of media as well as styles. At the same time, his work was in dialogue with national traditions in Spain and France, and also with key artists either under his sway or with whom he competed. This course will introduce Picasso's work through a series of weekly seminars that will include introductory talks, work on specific visual objects, theoretical and historical reading material studied in advance and then discussed in the seminar, and student presentations on set topics.

Topics will vary each year, but may include: Picasso's development of Cubism and his interaction with other poets and artists in the process; Picasso's apparently colonialist appropriations of non-Western art; Picasso's response to the First World War, and his adoption of a neo-classical style in this context; Picasso's response to the rise of Dada and Surrealism after the War; Picasso's treatment of the female figure in his art; the problem of biography in writing about Picasso; the Spanish Civil War and Picasso's involvement in international politics and the French Communist Party; Picasso's late work, and his variations on major works by artists from earlier periods in the history of art (e.g. Velasquez, Rembrandt, Manet); and the question of Picasso's reputation now. Subject to practical constraints, the course will include a day-long visit to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to view cubist drawings, to its library and archive, and to its print collection.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of most aspects of Picasso's work, including a critical understanding of key phases and of relevant theories and concepts relating to them.
  2. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using visual analysis of works by Picasso and other artists, and in planning and executing research enquiries.
  3. Apply critical analysis to examine key concepts in the field of modern art studies, dealing with complex issues in relation to varying levels of evidence; develop original responses to problems and issues arising in the literature on Picasso.
Reading List
Achim Borchardt-Hume et al, Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy, London: Tate, 2018.
T J Clark, Picasso and Truth: from Cubism to Guernica, Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013
McCully (ed.), Picasso: the Early Years, 1892-1906, Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1997
Anne Temkin et al, Picasso Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2015
John Richardson, A Life of Picasso, 3 vols, London: Cape, 1991-2007
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Visual and critical analysis; Clear thinking and the development of an argument; Independent research; Presentation and communication skills; Organisation and planning; Teamwork through group discussion
KeywordsPicasso,Cubism,Colonialism,Surrealism,Cold War
Course organiserProf Neil Cox
Tel: (0131 6)50 2313
Course secretaryMrs Anna Johns
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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