On Pictures 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
304EOP2 credit 1 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 4 to 9 hours of self-study English summer

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The course focuses on an analysis of pictorial forms in the history of Western Painting. Key elements of such an analysis are the understanding of a composition, proportions, use of colour and use of light. The historical context of specific pictures cannot be neglected completely otherwise it would be impossible to follow artistic intention and will therefore be presented as well.

Course Schedule:

1.Baroque II

Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Peter Paul Rubens

2.Seminar: Czech Baroque Painting

3.Enlightenment, Classicism, Romanticism

J.-L. David, J.A.D. Ingres, F. Goya, C.D. Friedrich, J.M.W. Turner

4.Realism, Impressionism, Postimpressionism

5.Avant-garde I

Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Surrealism

6.Seminar: Modern Painting in National Gallery

Klimt, Schiele, Picasso, Kubišta, Filla

7.Postwar Painting

Rothko, Pollock, Kiefer, Richter

Learning outcomes

The aim of this class is to show tools and means and its changes in the history of picture making on important and influential examples of Western painting.

Prerequisites and other requirements



Rudolf Arnheim, Art and Visual Perception

Rudolf Arnheim, Visual Thinking

Rudolf Arnheim, The Power of the Centre

Michael Baxandall, Painting and Experience

Michael Baxandall, Patterns of Intention

John Berger, Ways of Seeing

James Elkins, Pictures and Tears: A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings

Matila C. Ghyka, The Golden number

Gyorgy Kepes, Language of Vision

Mario Livio, The Golden Ratio

Alberto Manguel, Reading Pictures

Erwin Panofsky, Perspective as Symbolic Form

David Summers, Real Spaces

Evaluation methods and criteria

Essay: Analysis of a selected painting

Participation in classes and seminars



Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

room 230
Room No. 230

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 10:40–12:15 Petr KOLESNIKOV Room No. 230
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

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