Introducing Modern Western Art: Movements and Artists

By Prof. Soumik Nandy Majumdar   |   Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Learners enrolled: 476
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.


INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Universities and Academic Institutions that teach and research on Visual arts, Museums and Art Galleries that deal with modern art.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 19 Aug 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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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-0th Century

Books and references

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

Instructor bio

Prof. Soumik Nandy Majumdar

Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Prof. Soumik Nandy Majumdar 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 certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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