Art History Impressionism
The American Business School Paris
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
COURSE OBJECTIVES:It is hoped that the students will:- Acquire a certain "connoisseur's eye" able to notice beauty in all aspects of everyday life.- Develop an awareness of the civilization reflected in works of art and of the particular ways each individual artist responded and created his/her own approach.- Recognize and differentiate the palette and brushwork of over 15 world-class painters.- See that many solutions are possible for the same problem and use one's esthetic component (gut feeling) instead of always seeking a rational justification.- Understand how to evaluate and appreciate quality directly especially in a realm where quantitative data has no bearing.- Learn to enjoy museums and visit them in the future as a pleasant pass-time.Presence in class is mandatory. More than 2 absences will lead to a failing grade.EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES:Upon completion of this course students should be able to:- Understand and properly apply the artistic terminology acquired in the course,- Learn the basic genres (subject matter) seen in painting.- Organize thoughts and opinions into well-written critiques.- Slow down viewing so as to relish a single image instead of having to zap by several per second to satisfy a limited attention span.- Cultivate "sensibility and appreciation" which includes noticing design and beauty in everyday life- Understand the notions of harmony, balance, order, pattern, creativity, etc. not only in esthetic objects but also, by extension, in any domain including management and economicsEVALUATIONS:The final grade will be determined as follows:- 2 quizzes of 30 minutes and 1 final exam of 120 minutes. Will test the student's identification and critical analysis of the material and paintings discussed in class.- The final grade will be determined as follows:First homework 10 pointsA quiz 15 pointsSecond homework 20 pointsFinal Exam 30 pointsParticipation 25 points (creative tasks, weekly reading review, debates, films, gallery game)COURSE SCHEDULE:Session 1Photo card-set gameCreative task 1Modified postcards orChance aestheticsReading: Rubin: Chapter 1 Modernity and FormIntroduction: Seeing through Art, the Art of SeeingIntroduction to the basic elements of color and design including tricks of trompe l?oeil and other ways of creating illusion. How to understand color harmony, the golden ratio, and composition.Debate: What is good taste; what is art; what is Art History?Session 2GUIDE FOR FIRST HOMEWORK (CreativeReading: Rubin: Chapter 2 the Artists as Subject Edouard ManetFound objects transformedRecollecting your younger selfLECTURE: Background for Impressionism - Geography, Dates, Society, Political Framework, previous and parallel stylesDebate: Sensor and Political cartoonsSession 3Museum visitMaking Excel spread sheets on artistsCreative task 3Picture PoemTorn paperReading: Rubin, Chapter 7 Opposition or Complicity - PoliticalVisit 16:00-19:30 Louvre Museum at 16:00, meeting inside the grand hall under the big pyramid at the "Accueil groups desk". - Earlier 19th century painting: Neoclassicism, Romanticism), Private apartments of Napoleon III and the private collection of Impressionist works. (Coffee Break half way through)Session 4FIRST HOMEWORK PAPER DUEBingo over Reading and visits questionsReading: Rubin Chapter 3 Naturalism in Plein-airLECTURE : Ecology and 19th century landscape paintingLuminous brushstroke artists (Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, etc.) En plein air. Landscape and portrait paintingBeginnings of Impressionism How? A leader/work? Influences and reactions.Debate: How to communicate a message through art. Is this propaganda?Session 5Museum visitCreative task 4Nature: things themselvesFiguration to abstractionVISIT 8:00-11:00 sharp at the Church Saint Sulpice. 2 rue Palatine, 75006 Paris.Métro Saint Sulpice. Double visit of mural paintings in the church and then the home of Delacroix, Musée national Eugène Delacroix 6 rue de Furstenberg 75 006Session 6Just-a-minute gameHow to write an essayCreative task 5Surreal scenariosComposite facesReading: Rubin: Chapter 4 Places, People and Traditions - Bazille, Pissarro & RenoirChapter 5 Choreography and Science Edgar DegasReview first homework & Writing guide for second homework (Biography of an artist)Debate: Art verse Science, what side of your brain should you think through?Session 7Slide Quiz over chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 7Creative task 6Walking to abstractionPoetic actualitiesReading: Rubin: Chapter 6 Feminine and Masculine - Morisot, Cassatt & CaillebotteThe "snapshot" capturing an instant of modern life artists (Bazille, Degas, Caillebotte) Cityscapes, Ballet and Nightlife in Haussmannian Paris. Women artists (Cassatt, Morisot, Gonzales) Impact of contemporary fashions on paintingDebate: Gender differences in artistic style and subject matterSession 8Afternoon VisitMuseum visitCreative task 7Scrapbook collage Miniature museumsReading: Rubin: Chapter 9 Commerce and Creativity - Series and OriginalsVisit, 15:15 to 18:00 either at Musée Marmotton, Tuilleries, Grand Palais or elsewhereTemporary exhibition on ???? the new programs for 2016-17 at museums have not yet been announced.Session 9SECOND HOMEWORK DUETeamwork for Gallery gameReading: Rubin: Rubin Chapter 8 Reassessment and RenewalLecture: Impressionism and Marketing. Art Dealers, Auction Houses, prefabricated canvas and tubes of oil paintBeyond Impressionism, pixel-like perfection: Neo-Impressionism, Pointillism (Seurat, Signac, etc.)Debate: What business does business have with art?Session 10Slide Quiz over chapters 4, 6, 5, 8, 9 & visitPresentation and animation of Gallery Show GameReading: Chapter 10 towards an Aftermath - CézanneLecture: Developments and variations on Impressionism. What would Impressionism really influence? From Cezanne to Pollock. Impressionism in sculpture (Rodin, Claudel)Debate: Paris as the "Capital of Art", until when?Session 11Museum visitStudents present a painting from their homework biographyTreated facesModified readymadeReading: Rubin Chapter 11 Other Media, Other PlacesVISIT 9:00-11:00 Musée d'Orsay 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris meeting at 9:00 in front of the Group entrance (near the statue of a Rhinoceros) Visit the permanent collections of the ImpressionistsGeneral revisionSession 12FINAL EXAM over all chapters & Slide Quiz with paintings from CHAPTERS 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11 and from visitsLecture: Merits/limits, charm, originality, how fitted into historical situation, Impact contribution to cultural and other history. Why finished? What's next?
- This art appreciation course is designed for students with no or little background in Art History who would like to try a Humanities subject for their general culture and to better appreciate museums and esthetics. A quick survey of early 19th century French art and civilization provides the background for France's renowned Impressionism movement during the Industrial Revolution when art left the patronage of the Church and State and became a middle-class enjoyment. At this moment, painting reflected not only contemporary life-styles and fashion but also modern transport and entertainment centers.
- Emphasis is on learning to see art for art itself by becoming open and sensitive to: The joy in color harmonies, the calm of composition, the mood-setting of lighting, humor of caricature, the tromp l'oeil of perspective, etc. while not neglecting the references to past works and subject matter that enhance the meaning.
- All class lectures and discussions are illustrated with slides of works of art. Four museum visits give direct access to great works allowing students to develop a critical eye and get the most out of the experience.
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