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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.”


Session 1: Modernity And Realism 
Becoming Modern Session 2: The Visual Culture Of Modern Europe: New Technologies, New Venues, New Ideas 
Century Photography & Manet: Realism beyond Courbet Session 3: Impressionism: Problems And Issues Then And Now 
Impressionism: The Heroicization of Modern Life, Complications with Painting and Envisioning Modern Sculpture Session 4: Post-Impressionism And Artistic Genius 
Post Impressionism: Cezanne’s Critique, Beyond Cezanne: George Seurat, Gaugin and Myth and Primitivism and Van Gogh – Beyond the Myth of Artistic Genius Session 5: Edges And Resistance 
The Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau

Taught by

Parme Giuntini


4.7 rating, based on 12 Class Central reviews

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  • 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!
  • Sylvia Amar completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    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
    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.
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    Matias Jaraj

    Matias Jaraj is taking this course right now.

    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.
  • Nihal Nour

    Nihal Nour is taking this course right now, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    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

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very well organized course.
    For me this course was a real eye-opener. I think modern art originated earlier than most textbooks claim.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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

    Luigi Bogni completed this course.

    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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