This is a course designed to give students a foundation in the origins and developments of the impressionist art movement in Europe. The course assumes no previous background in art history and is suitable as an introductory course.
The objective of this course is to help students appreciate art and make students more aware of the legacy of art and its impact on human civilization.
INSTRUCTIONAL METHODOLOGY :
The course is developed through lectures and use of slides. Students are responsible for preparing the reading material and research projects in order to participate in class discussion. In class are covered :
- Introduction to the 17th & 18th century styles of painting
- Neo-classicism & romanticism
- Paris during the Second Empire - Manet
- Degas & his vision of contemporary life
- Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Pissaro during the 1860s
- The Impressionists as a group
- Neo-Impressionism – Cézanne, Gaughin, Van Gogh
- Legacy of Impressionism
TEXT : Impressionism, James Rubin, Phaidon Press, UK, 1999
The final grade will be made up of class tests, class participation, a research projects and the final examination.