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.
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
Impressionism, James Rubin, Phaidon Press, UK, 2001
The final grade will be made up of class tests, class participation, a research project, and the final examination.