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Art and Modernism

Art and Modernism will explore the work of the hundred years or so to 1970. While Modernism is largely associated with the twentieth century this module explores also the cultural environment of the late nineteenth century that gave rise to this exciting and dynamic phase of visual art. This programme will provide a structure in terms of the movements and visual strategies identified with modernism, such as Cubism, Primitivism, Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism (and others) but also the key themes and issues that were significant across these movements. Art and Modernism will address the ground-breaking contributions of some of the leading figures, including Picasso, Matisse, Munch, Kandinsky, Duchamp, Malevich, Dali, and Pollock. The means of visual communication – through experiment with colour, form, materials and forums for exhibition – were fundamental to the challenges they posed not just to traditions of visual expression, but to the very society within which they functioned.

How to apply

The closing date for online and postal applications is Friday 13 January. You may register and pay by credit/laser card online at after 16th August or you can download an application form and send it with a cheque/money order made payable to Trinity College Dublin number 1 account to: Dr Patricia Stapleton, Evening and Short Courses administrator, School of Histories and Humanities, Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Applications may be made in person in Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin between 16th and 27th August between 2.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. or by appointment.


€150 for the course *Concession: €75 for the course.

*The concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.

Date, time and place

Please note all course times are to be confirmed. Please check our website: after 16 August for update or text 'INFO' to 087 2572016.


The lecture-only module comprises two lectures per week over one twelve-week term. Commencing week beginning Monday 16 January 2017. There is a one week break, (27 Feb - 3 March 2017) when no lectures will take place.