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The Modern Genius: Art and Culture in the 19th Century

Otis College of Art and Design via Kadenze


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.”


  • Modernity and Realism
    • In this session, we'll be going over the beginnings of Modernity throughout the 19th century.
  • Impressionism: Problems and Issues Then and Now
    • In this session, we’ll be identifying the formal characteristics, subjects and practices of Impressionism, its different interpretations from Social History and feminist contexts, and the development of modern sculpture.
  • Post-Impressionism and Artistic Genius
    • This session will discuss the development of Post-Impressionism, subsequent “isms” movements, primitive art, and the concept of the artist as the tortured genius.
  • The Visual Culture of Modern Europe: New Technologies, New Venues, New Ideas
    • In this session, we’ll be going over how photography changed the representation of the modern world, along with the rise of international art expositions and the modern female nude.
  • Edges and Resistance
    • In this session, we’ll be identifying the utilitarian and aesthetic differences of the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau from modern fine art.

Taught by

Parme Giuntini


4.7 rating, based on 12 Class Central reviews

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  • It's a very documented and interesting course. If you want to understand both the art and the century, i recommend you this course.
  • Anonymous
    One of superb course I enjoyed, particularly the nuances of the materials. This is a course with detailed vision in truly developing a penchant in students.

    Good luck!
  • Anonymous
    Highly recommended for those wanting to have a brief introduction to the different styles and artists . This course gave me a good understanding of evolution of art over the years. Understanding the thought process of several artists was helpful in uncovering my own intentions in practicing art.
  • Anonymous
    It's a great course for an art lover. It is both well-structured and offers very well what you want to learn about 19th century art. I think more people should meet Kadenze. Because there are really good courses.
  • Nihal Nour
    Mind-provoking course as an introduction for 19th c art. I found it a great start, then anyone can study some of the material presented in the course in-depth on their own.
  • Anonymous
    I loved it! The videos were very interesting and I learned a lot! Highly recommended for art lovers and advanced learners of English as a Foreign Language.
  • Anonymous
    Very well organized course.
    For me this course was a real eye-opener. I think modern art originated earlier than most textbooks claim.
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    Matias Jaraj
    such an interesting topic and great way to teach, a big pitty that the plattform doesnt work well and the videos get paused constantly even though they are full charged.
  • Anonymous
    This course has so much amazing art! I always wanted to learn more about art history. The course is very well filmed which makes it fun to learn this material.
  • Anonymous
    Very informative and interesting. The instructor has her opinions on matters, which is great. I wish there’d be more courses like this online!
  • Luigi Bogni
    I just took the above course and I found it absolutely superb.
    Parme Giuntini is wonderfully clear, erudite and articulate. I specially enjoyed her interdisciplinary approach, that makes the subject matter interesting and easy to follow.
    Luigi Bogni
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