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Art 230

Nineteenth Century Art in Europe

Credits: 3

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4

Prerequisite: Art 100 and 12 credits.

Corequisite: English 100

Text: Nineteenth Century European Art. Petra ten-Doesschate Chu. Pearson; NJ. 2012. Chapters 1-20.

Course Description:

This course will provide a survey of European art and visual culture from the end of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century, predominantly covering artistic production from France, Britain, Germany, and Spain. Covering major art movements, including Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism, this course will consist of a roughly chronological examination of stylistic developments in painting, sculpture, photography, and decorative arts. Emphasis is placed on contextualizing art forms within a broad historical framework in order to show the connections between visual cultural production and the political, social, economic, and technological orders of the time. This includes an examination of the impact of dominant political-economic interests such as social and scientific revolution, race and imperialism, and modernity and innovation, on the arts.

Course Outline:

Week 1 Introduction; and A Period of Transition: From Rococo to Enlightenment
Week 2

Classical Paradigms: French Neoclassicism and Early-19th Century British Art

Week 3 Revolution and Empire: Art of the Revolution and Art Under Napoleon
Week 4 The Beginnings of Romanticism: Art in 19th-Century Spain and Germany
Week 5

19th-Century Britain: British Landscape Painting and Art in Victorian Britain, 1837-1901

Week 6

The French Restoration: Orientalism and Romanticism 

Week 7


Field Trip

Week 8

The Birth of the Avant-Garde: Gustave Courbet and Realism

Week 9

Progress and Modernity: Photography, Print, and the International Exposition

Week 10

The Painting of Modern Life: Impressionism and Art after the Commune 

Week 11

Flight from Modernity: Neo-Impressionism and the French Avant-Garde in the 1800s

Week 12

France During la Belle Epoque: Naturalism, Symbolism, Imperialism

Week 13 International Trends: Fin de Siècle and Art Nouveau, Art ca. 1900


Class Participation: 10%
Quizzes/Test: 10%
Written Assignments: 30%
Midterm Examination: 20%
Final Examination: 30%

Instructor: Kristina Thornton, M.A. (Queen’s)

Transferability: See