The arts underwent a sea-change in the forty years between the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 and the launch of the Vorticist magazine Blast in 1914. In an era of extraordinary vibrancy and experimentation, exciting new interconnections were forged between painters, musicians and writers across Europe as they steadily broke with tradition and moved from representation to abstraction in their work. This lecture pinpoints the milestones along this revolutionary journey, showing how movements like Cubism and Expressionism radically changed the language of art, and foreshadowed the violence of the First World War


Rosamund Bartlett
Doctorate from Oxford and has held senior university posts, most recently at the European University Institute in Florence. Specialises in comparative study of art, music and literature, and currently writing a book on the Russian Avant-Garde and European Modernism. Author of several books, including biographies of Tolstoy and Chekhov. Extensive experience lecturing in Russian cultural history at venues such as the V&A, the National Theatre and Covent Garden, and broadcasts regularly on the BBC.