History of Art 3611 - Impressionism, Then and Now

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IMPRESSIONISM, THEN AND NOW

Professor Andrew Shelton

This course offers a historical and critical exploration of one of the most beloved movements in the entire history of Western art: French Impressionism. In addition to considering the major artists of this movement and the social, political, and cultural contexts in which they lived and worked, the course will also examine the enduring fascination with Impressionism throughout the past 140 years. Among the questions we will ask: Is the current popularity of Impressionism based on a misunderstanding of the radical nature of what was in reality a revolutionary art form; or, alternatively, is its current stature based on a legitimate appreciation of what is quintessentially an “easy,” escapist, “viewer-friendly” art form? How is it, in short, that the precedent of French Impressionism continues to inform so powerfully our ideas and values about art today? To what extent has the general popularity and commercial success of Impressionism produced a backlash among academic art historians, professional artists, and other art-world elites or “insiders”?

History of Art 3611 fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) requirement of the General Education Curriculum.

SPRING 2021

INSTRUCTION MODE: IN PERSON

Class #29337

TUES & THURS | 5:30 - 6:50