Antoni Gaudí. Casa Milà, 1906-12, Barcelona (detail).


Spanish Art II – Goya to Dali and beyond

  • Begins: Friday 22 October 2021
    Until: Friday 19 November 2021
  • Lettsom House, First Floor, 11 Chandos Street, London W1G 9EB (NB: There is no lift in this building)
  • Lecturer: Dr Jacqueline Cockburn

This course captures Spain as it emerged from war and entered a modern industrialised world. Struggling with its tumultuous past yet reaching for a brighter future it will be Barcelona which will encapsulate its modern artistic dilemmas until the country was plunged once again into war. Well-known artists such as Goya, Sorolla, Dalí, Miró and Picasso as well as architects such as Gaudi will be explored alongside many others including Solana, Romero de Torres, Casas, Rusiñol and architects Montaner and Cadafalch. We will end with the contemporary artist Antoní Tàpies and his meditations on Spanish art over the period.


Week 1: Goya’s world (1770-1828)

Emerging from the shadows; Goya’s self portraits

Detachment; Goya’s Black Paintings

Week 2: Painting the South (1830-1919)

Perpetuating the myth; painting Andalucía

Joaquin Sorolla- painter of light

Week 3: Modernisme (1860-1909)

Catalan Modernista painters and sculptors

Gaudí and Modernista architects

Week 4: Young in Barcelona (1881-1920)

Picasso; from Malaga to Barcelona

Joan Miró and the leaving of Barcelona

Week 5: Civil War and beyond (1920-2000)

Salvador Dali, García Lorca and the Spanish Civil War

Antoni Tàpies, a meditation on a void


Dr Jacqueline Cockburn is an expert on Spanish Art and gained her BA and PhD at Birkbeck and lectured on Western Art there for many years. She is now a freelance lecturer, working for a wide range of institutions including the V&A, the Royal Academy and Christies as well as running her own residential courses in Andalucía.

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