Postgraduate Course: Twentieth-Century Picasso (HIAR11115)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 4,000-word essay, submitted in weeks 8-11
Students will write a 500-word essay on a single work by Picasso selected from the material studied in the first three weeks of the course. Written and verbal feedback will be given within 15 working days.
Written comments on the summative assessment will be provided within 15 working days.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using visual analysis of works by Picasso and other artists, and in planning and executing research enquiries.
- 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.
|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
|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
|Course organiser||Prof Neil Cox
Tel: (0131 6)50 2313
|Course secretary||Mrs Anna Johns
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740