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Fall 2017
Nov 23, 2017
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ARTH 245 - 19th Century Art
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.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art & Art History Department

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