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The Impressionists: Painting Modern Life

This course introduces the groundbreaking group of painters in nineteenth-century France.
University of Oxford University Offices Wellington Square Oxford ,OX1 2JD United Kingdom
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Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)

Domain / Subject : Arts & Design

Function : General

Trainer name : Mr Jan Cox

Starts on : 10th Sep 2014

Duration : 10 Weeks

Difficulty : Advanced

About the course

This course introduces the groundbreaking group of painters in nineteenth-century France. It examines the major concerns of artists such as Cézanne, Monet, Manet and Degas and their intimate interaction with modern life. It expands to embrace the impact of women Impressionists such as Cassatt & Morisot, and investigates the trans-national impact of Impressionism. Van Gogh, Gauguin, Post-Impressionism, and the Impressionists’ creative techniques, are examined, analysed and interpreted. 

This course introduces the groundbreaking group of painters in nineteenth-century France. It examines the major concerns of artists such as Cézanne, Monet, Manet and Degas and their intimate interaction with modern life. It expands to embrace the impact of women Impressionists such as Cassatt & Morisot, and investigates the trans-national impact of Impressionism. Van Gogh, Gauguin, Post-Impressionism, and the Impressionists’ creative techniques, are examined, analysed and interpreted.

Course Aim

This course aims to introduce the participants to the group of artists known popularly as The Impressionists. It will place these artists within the aesthetic, social, and economic context of their time, and examine critical reactions to their art. We will look at a number of overarching themes such as body, landscape, and depictions of work and modern life. Additionally, we will analyse such areas as the important role of women artists and Impressionist painting techniques. 

Assessment methods

Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment due half way through the course and one longer assignment due at the end of the course. Students will have about two weeks to complete each assignment.

Teaching methods

  • Teaching methds on this course will be:
  • Guided reading of particular texts
  • Guided use of particular websites
  • Discussions of particular issues and responses to reading in the unit forms
  • Close critical analyses of particular pieces of visual, written and material evidence

Teaching outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to understand:

  • The concept of Impressionism in terms of both a shared ethos and its many individual interpretations.
  • The methods and ideals that informed the Impressionists engagement with ‘Modern Life’.
  • The place of Impressionism in the canon of nineteenth-century European art.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the Impressionists’ approach to the creation of art.

By the end of this course students will have gained the following skills:

  • Ability to assess and critically analyse different types and sources of evidence.
  • Ability to think laterally across a range of issues and be able to evaluate and summarise the interaction between them.
  • Ability to discuss and interpret specific issues in a clear and logical manner

Course eligibility

Course Requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.

Recommended reading

To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following textbooks: Thompson, B, Impressionism: Origins Practice Reception(London, Thames & Hudson, 2000) Harrison, C., Wood, P. and Gaiger, J., Art in Theory 1815-1900: An Anthology of Changing Ideas (Oxford, Blackwell, 1998)

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Course Content

The areas you will cover in this course are:

  • Introduction to Impressionism
  • The painting of modern life: Manet and Renoir portray Paris
  • Techniques of the Impressionists – paint and practice
  • Critical responses to the Impressionist exhibitions
  • The Impressionist body: bathers and bathtubs
  • Women Impressionists
  • Monet and the modern landscape
  • Work and industry: Pissarro, Caillebotte and the art of labour
  • International Impressionism
  • Beyond Impressionism: Gauguin, Van Gogh and Seurat

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