Space In Painting From The Renaissance To Modernism – The Art Students League

Space In Painting From The Renaissance To Modernism

Pat Lipsky

Class Description


Six sessions
Tuesday, October 15 +  Wednesdays, October 23, 30 November 6, 13, 20
7:00-9:00 PM
Fee: $270

This six-week class looks at the changing flat two-dimensional picture plane in western art over six hundred years.

Brunelleschi the Florentine architect invented one-point perspective in 1415. Early Renaissance painters like Masaccio took painting from late medieval space to perspective space, allowing Italian painters to create illusionistic depth —sometimes called “a window on the world.”

Perspective reigned in western painting until the early nineteenth century, when the invention of photography gave painting permission to explore things other than illusionism. Cezanne, considered the father of modern painting, arrived at a shallow, flickering space in his work. In Paris, Braque and Picasso invented Cubism. In 1950s America with Abstract Expressionism, pictorial space changed again.

Through lecture/discussions using projected images of relevant paintings the artist/writer Pat Lipsky will consider this fascinating topic.

About the Instructor

Ms. Lipsky is a painter and a writer based in New York.  Her pictures are  represented in twenty-five public collections, including the Whitney Museum, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Walker Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, and Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum. She has had thirty solo exhibitions. Her writing has appeared in Tablet Magazine, The New Criterion, Public Books and others.

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