The Days Before Impressionism: From Rococo to Realism

The Oath of the Horatii Jacques-Louis David

The Oath of the Horatii
Jacques-Louis David

ArtScapades presents The Days Before Impressionism with lectures that can be used in a series, individually or customized to meet your needs.

The Masters of Rococo: From Amorous Encounters to Swagger Portraits

Neoclassicism: From Excessive to Classical

Romanticism: From Rational to Emotional

Realism: From Dramatic to Ordinary

Elements of Art:  

Each ArtScapades lecture begins with a  brief overview of the seven elements of art that artists use when composing a piece of art – Color, Line, Texture, Value, Shape, Form, and Space.  Each element is illustrated using a representative work of art.

Timeline of Art:  

In these lectures, ArtScapades shows where the specific period in art fits into an abbreviated timeline of art history.

In Masters of Rococo, ArtScapades looks at the lighter side of 18th century art.

In Neoclassicism, ArtScapades gives the history of factors which brought the movement into favor including the rise of scientific thinking, the Age of Enlightenment, and the establishment of Art Academies.

In Romanticism, ArtScapades explores how the movement championed spiritualism over science, instinct over deliberation, and nature over industry.

In Realism, ArtScapades shows the move away from historical and literary themes towards common, ordinary subjects.


Approximately fifteen works per artist are discussed including iconic works plus those that illustrate significant trends and events in their lives and careers.

In Masters of Rococo, ArtScapades covers Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jean-Honoré Fragonard , François Boucher, William Hogarth, Thomas Gainesborough, and Sir Joshua Reynolds.

In Neoclassicism, ArtScapades chronicles the life of five artists and their works, Joseph-Marie Vien, Anton Raphael Mengs, Angelica Kauffman, Jacques-Louis David, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

In Romanticism, ArtScapades presents Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Caspar David Friedrich, Eugene Delacroix, John Constable, and Joseph Mallord William Turner, and looks at works by each of them.

In Realism, ArtScapades will look at the the lives of, and works by, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Honoré Daumier, Jean-François Millet, Gustave Courbet and Rosa Bonheur.


ArtScapades lectures are presented from our laptop, using  your venue’s projection system.