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HAD-445 Painting Modern Life in Nineteenth- Century Paris and the Provinces

3 Credits

This course will examine the development of the realist orientation of French impressionism and the reactions against it by the Post-Impressionists. An emphasis will be placed on the social, cultural, and political context as well as the construction of modernity in art and gender identity. The philosophical underpinnings of the movements are studied, as well as central tensions in late nineteenth-century France between urban secular society and rural traditions grounded in folk cultures and religious beliefs.