The artist: rebel, mystic and social conscience

Key facts

  • Cost: £160
  • Credits: 0


The role of the artists changed during the 19th century, beginning with Courbet’s creation of a distinct identity of the independent artist in the middle of the 19th century. It continues with the artist as rebel in the early 20th century and finishes with the artist as the social conscience in a fragmented contemporary society. We will explore the myth of the artist from a maker to a thinker, from a performer to a mystic. We will also investigate the relationship between artist, model and muse, and for whom or what the artist produces art. 

Areas you'll explore include: 

  • The different roles that artists have had from 1850 to the present day/ 
  • The roles of artist, model and muse are.  

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to: 

  • Display a holistic knowledge of contexts and processes that have led artists to adopt the roles of maker, thinker, performer, mystic and social conscience of a society in this period. 
  • Analyse the relationship between artist, model, and muse 


Who is this course for?

Anyone who has an interest in art history and in particular artists role in society.  


This is a non-credit class, so would not contribute to any qualifications.

Mode of study

A mixture of lectures/seminars delivered on campus. 


Although the course is no-credit bearing, it is still an ideal introduction to the subject. 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days