ARTH-245-01 Nineteenth-Century Art
Spring for 2017-2018
This course will explore the major currents in nineteenth-century painting, and will
include discussion of sculpture and graphic art. It will focus on both the European
and the American experience. Starting from the end of the eighteenth century, we
will trace the debate between classic and romantic art and look at romanticism not
just in France (Delacroix, Géricault) but in Germany and America. The increasing
interest in naturalism and its relationship to a growing sense of nationalism in
America will be mentioned. We will then investigate the genesis of modernism as it
developed in France at mid-century with Gustave Courbet, and study the impact of
the avant-garde as it took shape in Europe. The course will examine topics such as
socially-engaged art and visionary painting, and will touch upon such movements
as Impressionism (Monet, Renoir), Post-Impressionism and Symbolism (Munch). It
will culminate with a discussion of one of the most important forerunners of 20th-
century art, Paul Cézanne.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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