Space in Painting from the Renaissance to Modernism (online)

Pat Lipsky

Class Description

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, 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, eventually instituted a shallow, flickering space in his work.  Braque and Picasso, painting in Paris followed up by invented Cubism.  With Abstract Expressionism space changes again in western art, this time in 1950’s America. 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 colorfield 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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