This course is about Paris, its history, art, architecture, and museums. It also is an introduction to Parisian’s way of life and culture. It focuses moreover on major themes in nineteenth-century French art. Beginning with the art of the pre-Revolutionary period and ending with the Symbolism early modernism, this course will include discussion of the impact of the revolutions of 1789, 1830, and 1848, the Napoleonic presence abroad, the shift from history painting to scenes of everyday life, landscape painting as an autonomous art form, and the impact of the invention of photography on the arts. The course stresses French artists such as Greuze, David, Ingres, Delacroix, Corot, Courbet, Manet, and Monet through the virtual visits and presentations of the best museums and sites in Paris and its environment.
Two modules devote to French fashion and food to have a glimpse of Paris and its various facets.
- To develop familiarity with nineteenth-century stylistic elements in French artworks
- To develop name recognition of various nineteenth-century artists and works of art
- To examine the relevance of historical works of art to our own time
- To develop a working vocabulary and aesthetic framework for artistic criticism
- To build a foundation for evaluation and analysis of artists and individual works of art
- To become familiar with Parisian museums, architecture, and ways of life