La Belle Epoque 1871 – 1914
February 9 @ 4:00 pm - March 11 @ 4:00 pm£30.00
This course of ten lectures by Prof Maria Chester was originally a classroom based course held in 2018, with some recent revisions.
The so-called “Belle Époque” emerged in Paris – the city of light – in the last decades of the 19th century. Paris was the centre of culture. After the Franco-Prussian war, life was 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 forth 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.
WEEK I – ART
Tuesday 09th February – La Belle Epoque – Introduction
Thursday 11th February – Art Movements: 1905 – Fauvism
WEEK II – ART
Tuesday 16th February – 1907 – Cubism
Thursday 18th February – 1909 – Futurism
WEEK III – LITERATURE
23rd February – France and La Belle Epoque literature
25th February – Marcel Proust “A la Recherche du temps perdu”
WEEK IV – FASHION & CINEMA
Tuesday 2nd March – A symbol of La Belle Epoque: Marchesa Luisa Casati
Thursday 4th March – Origins of cinema: Lumiere Brothers and Georges Melies.
WEEK V – MUSIC & CLASSIC BALLET
Tuesday 9th March – Igor Stravinsky and The Rite of Spring.
Thursday 11th March – Les Ballets Russes: Diaghilev and Nijinsky.
Lectures will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to www.zoom.us and look at the tutorials. Once you have booked, you will find the invitation in Eventbrite on the Online Event Page. We will also send out the invitation by email 24 hours before the meeting starts.