This site is an archive of Animating Art History, a widening participation partnership between The Courtauld Institute of Art and University of the Arts London, that ran from 2009-2014. Follow the links to find animations, photographs and texts making connections with artworks in the collection.
Claudia and Shazad, Untitled, 2009
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Inspired by Edouard Manet, Dejeuner sur l’herbe, 1863-8.
To complete this piece we used Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects. To gather the images used we used The Courtauld Gallery website and drew by hand any images we didn’t have legal rights for, later scanning them on to a computer to add colour. Once we had our images edited we used After Effects to compile the animation using the camera features to gain our desired effect.
This is Manet’s second version of a controversial composition he showed at an exhibition of works rejected by the official Paris Salon. It reworked the theme of a Renaissance painting he had seen in the musée du Louvre, which represented beautiful female nudes listening to male musicians. Manet’s painting was shocking because his pastoral idyll made deliberate references to contemporary life. The men wore modern clothing, and the naked woman was considered ugly. As such, it seemed to mock academic ‘high’ art.