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Introduction to Modern Western Art: Movements and Artists

About the course
The developments in modern western art challenged not only the traditional concepts of art but it also challenged our visual perception. Through a series of art movements led by extremely innovative artists, modern art redefined itself continuously in terms of idea, medium, technique and social relevance. It changed the paradigm of art once and for all. A chronological study of the modern western art highlighting a few significant artists and their contributions thus unfolds a fascinating story of art that left a deep impact on the global culture.

Intended audience




Industry support – List of companies/industry that will recognize/value this online course

Universities and Academic Institutions that teach and research on Visual arts, Museums and Art Galleries that deal with modern art.

Course instructor

Prof. Soumik Nandy Majumdar is currently is an Assistant Professor at Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan in the department of History of Art, Kala Bhavana (The Institute of Fine Arts & Crafts). Prof. Majumdar has taught as a Visiting Faculty at IIT- Kanpur, in the discipline of Fine Arts, under the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He completed his BFA and MFA in History of Art from Santiniketan and M.S.University, Baroda respectively. He is involved in teaching art history, conducting courses on art-appreciation, art criticism, art curating and researching on art-education.

Course layout

Week 1: Introducing Modern Western Art
Week 2:
Early Movements of Modern Art
Week 3: Evolution of Modern Sculpture
Week 4: Modern Movements in mid-20th Century

List of reference books
  • The Story of Art, by E. H. Gombrich.Phaidon, 1995
  • Art Through the Ages, by Helen Gardner, Fred S. Kleiner, Christin J. Mamiya. Wadsworth Publishing 2004.
  • Modern Art 1870-2000: Impressionism to Today by Hans Halzworth. Taschen 2016.
  • Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction by  David Cottington. Oxford 2005.
  • World of Art Series :Concepts of Modern Art by Nikos Stangos. Thames and Hudson 1994
  • The Shock of the new by Robert Hughes. Thames & Hudson 2004
More details about the course

Course url: https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc17_hs17
Course duration: 4 weeks
Start date and end date of course: 20 February 2017 - 17 March 2017
Date of exam:  23 April 2017
Time of exam: Shift 1: 9am-12noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course

Final List of exam cities will be available in exam registration form.
Registration url - Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
Exam Fee: The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee of approximately Rs 1000 needs to be paid.


E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score.

Final score = 25% assignment score + 75% exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of scores of Best 3 out of 4 assignments 

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at