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Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy, and the Avant-Garde

Coinciding with an exhibition of the same title at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, this course is dedicated to the study of modern art and modern love, revealing how relationships can become a fertile playground for creativity. Highlighting the most famous couples in modern art—Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso, Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and many more—this course explores creative relationships across painting, sculpture, photography, design, and literature in order to study artistic duos that forged new ways of living and loving and making art. Our goal is to illuminate these creative and intimate relationships—some obsessive and short-lived, some lasting a lifetime—as significant catalysts in the modern art movement. Multiple museum visits will complement this course.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with famous couples in modern art
  • Knowledge of the artistic processes behind well-known modern art masterpieces

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • The curious and creative
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