Course Description

Course Name

Great Masters and the Major Artistic Trends in Spain during the Twentieth Century

Session: VSVF2221

Hours & Credits

45 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


1. Understand and appreciate various concepts and functions of 20th century Spanish art.
2. Learn the characteristics of various 20th century art styles and Spanish authors.
3. Research, using a variety of sources, various aspects of 20th century Spanish art and present
some of this information to the class.
4. Use methods of analysis to study artworks in order to understanding the “language” of
architecture, painting and sculpture.
5. Acquire and use specific art terminology.
6. Use this knowledge to interpret 20th century artworks.
7. Develop respect for and protect the Spanish artistic legacy and the artistic and cultural
manifestations of civilizations other than one’s own.

The Course analyzes the principal trends in Spanish Art during the twentieth century. During the
first half of the century, developments in Spanish Art were determined by a particular set of historical
circumstances. After the arrival of democracy it is clear that Spanish artists become more integrated into
the worldwide art movement.
We have chosen those artists who are representative of certain developments in a key way and
through whom, in general terms, Spanish art in the 20th century may be explored.

Students learn individually and in class groups in a variety of ways: individual readings, study
questions, teacher presentations, regular class exercises, and student presentations. Student’s
knowledge is consolidated in daily class debates and discussions in which students are expected to
actively participate.
Students enjoy observing art directly in study visit to the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo
in the Monasterio de la Cartuja, Sevilla, to several art galleries and monuments in the city. Course
materials consist of a variety of texts on art and artists, art images, maps, powerpoint presentations,
audiovisuals, and course bibliography.
Course Schedule
Classes meet two days per week for two hours.
Class # 1-7: Developments in Spanish Architecture during the 20th Century
* Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926)
* Rafael Moneo (1937)
* Santiago Calatrava (1951)
Classes #8-17 to : Great Master Painters and Trends
* Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
* Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
* Antonio López (1936)
* Miquel Barceló (1957)
Classes #1-24: The European Influence in Sculpture
* Pablo Gargallo (1881-1936)
* Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002)
* Venancio Blanco (1931)
The Midterm and Final Exams are included in the above classes.

*Course content subject to change