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Discovering French Arts at National Galleries of Scotland 3

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

Examine the National Galleries’ collections of French visual arts by key artists such as Matisse, Tanguy and Picasso. Expand your visual skills and knowledge by looking at the work of French artists from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

Please note, this course takes place in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (meet at the Information Desk at the Gallery).

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment


Special Information



Content of Course

The course content will vary depending on the current displays in the National Galleries. The course will consider works by any of the following artists. 

1. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) 

2. Emile Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929) 

3. Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) 

4. Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) 

5. Henri Matisse (1869-1954) 

6. Georges Rouault (1871-1958) 

7. Francis Picabia (1879-1953) 

8. Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) 

9. Fernand Léger (1881-1955) 

10. Jean Metzinger (1883-1956) 

11. Robert Delaunay (1885-1941) 

12. Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) 

13. Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) 

14. Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973) 

15. Yves Tanguy (1900-1955) 

16. Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) 

17. Germaine Richier (1902-1959) 

18. Balthus (1908-2001) 

19. Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) 

20. Georges Hugnet (1906-1974) 

21. Aurélien Froment (1976-)

Teaching method(s)

In-depth gallery-based lecture and discussion. Each class will consist of an introductory lecture covering the artists/themes of the week followed by tutor-led discussion of the individual works. Students will be encouraged to participate in discussion, to develop their skills of visual reading and analysis, and of communicating their opinions and questions in an academic forum.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

  • Engage with original works of art in their gallery setting and context; 

  • Subject works of art to visual and comparative analysis; 

  • Understand and communicate background information on artists, periods, movements and styles. 


Core Readings


  • Clarke, Michael et al, 2000. Companion Guide to the National Gallery of Scotland. Edinburgh: Trustees of the National Gallery of Scotland.


  • Honour, H. and Fleming, J., 2000. A World History of Art. 5th ed. London: Laurence King.

  • Williams, R., 2009. Art Theory: An Historical Introduction, 2nd edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell.


Web Sources



If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.