Art History: 17th and 20th Centuries
Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne
Area of Study
Art History, French Culture
Beginning, High Beginning, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, Superior
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits1
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units1
Hours & Credits
Summary: This series of lectures focuses on the exploration of art in France from the Romanesque era to the early eighteenth century. In this context we will refer to some essential events of the time: exhibitions, birthdays, concerts, operas.
Course contents: Some aspects of art in France, from the 17th to the 20th century
Program per session:
1 - Introduction. General theme: Cézanne (1839-1906): "The Louvre is the book where we learn to read".
- Importance of the Louvre, 1793, 1855, paths of modern art.
- The Louvre before the Louvre: some landmarks.
- An unknown Louvre.
- How does an artist, a painter, a sculptor, earn a living?
- The question of the subject; themes and categories.
- The regions of art. Movements and places.
2 - Introduction to 17th century French art:
- French painting in the seventeenth century, Nicolas Poussin, Claude Gellée dit Lorrain ...
- Baroque and classicism, other examples: Georges de la Tour, Charles le Brun; Pierre Puget, the sculptor ...
3 - Introduction to the art of the eighteenth century in France: Watteau, theater music, dance ...
- François Boucher (1703-1770), Maurice Quentin de La Tour (1704-1788)
- Greuze (1725-1805), the moral painting, the "teary" style. Fragonard (1732-1806). Hubert Robert (1733-1808).
Chardin (1699-1779), the still life, Cezanne (1839-1906).
4 - The time of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) and Louis David (neoclassicism, Revolution, 1st Empire).
- Preparation for romanticism.
- The 19th century, Ingres. Romanticism, Géricault. Delacroix. Daumier.
- Camille Corot; introduction to the French landscape.
5- The nineteenth century, introduction to the French landscape, Barbizon, Honfleur, the banks of the Seine, Normandy, continued.
- Landscape painters and realism, Théodore Rousseau, Millet ...
- Introduction to realism and the great artistic movements and currents, 1850-1914 ...
6 - What is "Impressionism"?
- The beginnings of Impressionism. The position of Edouard Manet (1832-1883).
7- Impressionism, continuation.
- From realism to symbolism, color, introduction, Gustave Moreau; Odilon Redon. Gauguin, School of Pont-Aven, Marquesas Islands.
- Preparation for: the neo-impressionists, (Seurat, Signac ...), the Nabis (Serusier, Vuillard, Bonnard ...), the big cats ...
8- The years 1880-1900 ...
- The importance of Cézanne
- Post-Impressionism, 1880-1900: Van Gogh, Beyond Impressionism; Toulouse Lautrec.
- The Nabis, continued.
- The sculpture, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Camille Claudel (1864-1943).
9- Nabis and modernity.
- Introduction to Fauvism, suite, Braque (1882-1963), Derain (1880-1954), Dufy (1877-1953), Friesz (1879-1949, France), Matisse (1859-1954), Marquet (1875-1947) , Van Dongen (1877-1968), Vlaminck (1876-1958) ...
- Introduction to the work of Douanier Rousseau (1844-1910).
10- Modernity: the question of forms, volumes: introduction to cubism (Georges Braque, Picasso)
- The research of Henri Matisse (1869-1954).
- Towards Abstraction: Robert (1885-1941) and Sonia Terk Delaunay (1885-1979) ...
Reserve, if necessary.
- The question of forms, volumes: cubism (continued)
- The Beginnings of Abstraction: Robert (1885-1941) and Sonia Terk Delaunay (1885-1979), continued ...
- The beginnings of surrealism. Chirico, Duchamp, Picabia ...
- Matisse, beyond the war, the 20s and 30s, the dance, the "second life" of Henri Matisse.
11. Examination ("multiple choice")
autumn 2019: History of Art in France, 2: from the Baroque age to modern times, 17th - 20th century
Training duration :
1 h 30 weekly
Course level: all levels
Teacher: Philippe Pantet
- We will study together some aspects of art in France, from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century.
- Beginning with Romanesque and Gothic art, then Renaissance, our journey will lead us to modern times and to the time of Matisse and Nicolas de Stael.
- To complete this exploration, students will be encouraged to see the works at the Cluny Museum, the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay and the National Museum of Modern Art (depending on the periods studied).
Course delivered in the form of lectures (lecture) focusing on dialogue with students; questions are put to them (this is part of the course) and they can intervene themselves.
Course of the type "multi-media": audio, photo, video.
- In each class, videos, film clips and documentaries are presented,
- as well as sound examples (music of the studied time, voices and testimonies).
- Photos of the works and subjects studied are shown systematically; Power Point support or other.
- Some quotes as well as the difficult words are projected for explanation, discussion and pronunciation.
After the session:
Written support distributed at the beginning of the conference
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