This Art History course investigates the role of the French avant-garde in developing and showcasing new modern forms and approaches to art and visual culture in the 19th century. The material addresses the most critical issues of modernity from Realism through Post-Impressionism. We will cover the stylistic changes that challenged academic art, the new subjects that confounded modern audiences, and the new roles and authority of the modern artist. To do this, we will focus on the European world through a series of video podcasts and online readings over five weeks. By the end of the course, you will understand the issues of modernity and the way that art and art-making addressed these issues as well as recognize the profound impact that 19th century Europe had in shaping our contemporary ideas of being “modern.”
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Pat Hanrahan completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Although I love going to art museums and galleries, this was my first formal course on art history and it was wonderful! The focus on the social context in which the artists created was very helpful in broadening my appreciation and understanding of art. The featured artists and artworks were excellent. Professor Parme Giuntini is an outstanding teacher.