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HA234A Art in France 1850-1900

Module Organiser: Dr Philip McEvansoneya
Duration of the Module: Michaelmas term
Contact Hours: 1 lectures pw, and 1 seminar per fortnight
Weighting: 10 ECTS

This module will examine an era which saw dramatic and accelerating change, the outcome of which was a shift in the balance of French art occasioned by the emergence of the avant-garde and its challenges to established artistic conventions. Particular attention will be given to the development of unofficial exhibitions such as those of the Impressionists. Specific artists to be studied closely include Courbet, Bazille, Manet, the Impressionists, CÚzanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin. Reference will also be made to sculpture, photography and print media.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • outline the main developments in art produced in France during the nineteenth century
  • name and identify: (a) the principal artists of the period in rough but accurate chronological order; (b) characteristic examples of the work of each of those artists
  • assess some major contemporary texts and their relationship to artistic change
  • explain the origins, aims and achievements of the key institutions and exhibiting bodies of the period
  • employ appropriate terminology and concepts in the analysis of characteristic works (seen or unseen) of the period

Last updated 7 December 2016