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La Belle Epoque 1871 - 1914

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La Belle Époque emerged in Paris – the city of light – in the last decades of 19th century. Paris was the centre of culture. Life was vital and meant to be lived. Modernity was the moving spirit. It was the time of the machines: painters were finding the way to represent movement. The Argentinian tango was danced along with the popular Johan Strauss waltzes. Russia brought its Ballet Russes and Nijinsky was a celebrity. The Lumiere Brothers were showing short films and soon Gaumont and Pathé were opening cinemas…and one day, it was all over. That day was August 4th 1914. The day WWI started.

This course consists of 5 lectures by Prof Maria Chester, who quoted these words taken from an interview with Christophe Leribault, Director of the Petit Palais in Paris, to inspire you about the essence of our course:

"Paris was one great party. There was a spirit of confidence, of joie de vivre, with so many things going on at the same time. Even the future king of England came to Paris to enjoy himself. It was the capital of everything. It was one big party with elements of the funfair about it. La belle époque was very fluid artistically; there were lots of different movements and excesses. People were saying, 'we don't know where we are going but lots of things are happening and we are going to have pleasure and fun. We may even mock ourselves, that's how fun it is.' "

Our course will be an extraordinary journey including a preliminary introduction to all those great art movements that changed forever our perception of what is art: Fauvism, Cubism and Futurism, the latter deeply influenced by the creation of “moving pictures” by the Lumiere Brothers that we call cinema.

Art Nouveau was born just as a decorative art, but with a twist: it was highly sensual and even pornographic. Art Nouveau also arrived into Scotland through the hand of the great Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret Macdonald. We shall look at Art Nouveau in Europe and in Britain.

As a curiosity of those years, we shall also consider the nature and character of some special people, products of La Belle Époque: we will talk about the extraordinary Marchesa Casati as well as the unique French writer Marcel Proust. We shall read some of his famous words in his transcendental masterpiece “ A la Recherché du Temps Perdue”.

Finally we shall study the great Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes. All the great painters including Picasso worked for him designing scenery and costumes for the dancers.


Content of course:

8th March Week 1: INTRODUCTION

LA BELLE EPOQUE - ART NOUVEAU-RENNIE MACKINTOSH AND ANTONI GAUDI

15th March Week 2: ART MOVEMENTS

1905-FAUVISM |1907-CUBISM |1909-FUTURISM

22nd March week 3: LITERATURE

MARCEL PROUST “A la Recherche du temp perdu

29th March Week 4: FASHION & CINEMA

MARCHESA CASATI – ORIGIN OF CINEMA – LUMIERE BROTHERS

5th April Week 5: BALLET

LES BALLETS RUSSES – Diaghilev and Nijinsky




All are welcome. The lectures will be accessible to all and no previous knowledge is assumed. The lectures will include extracts of videos, documentaries, music and dance.


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