Paris, France and the Impressionists: The Depiction of Daily Life

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Paris, France and the Impressionists: The Depiction of Daily Life

<p>During the later 19th and the early 20th century, Paris and France were changing rapidly. Industrialization, war, scientific advances and revolution profoundly impacted the way/pace of life. In

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During the later 19th and the early 20th century, Paris and France were changing rapidly. Industrialization, war, scientific advances and revolution profoundly impacted the way/pace of life. In this period the Impressionists produced their most loved works. Although these often seem serene and divorced from the harsher realities, this course will show that was not case, for in their work the Impressionists included the whole richness of daily life.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction – France and Paris in the later 19th century: Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann, the Franco-Prussian War, the early period of Impressionism – Monet, Manet, Renoir, Sisley, Pissarro etc.
  • Paris and France during the earlier years of the Third Republic: the exhibitions of the Impressionists: Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Sisley, Pissarro, Van Gogh etc.
  • France in the early 20th century: World War I and the end of Impressionism – Monet’s final years etc.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the distinctive qualities of the Impressionist style of art and the ways in which the various artists reflect the realities of daily life in their work.
  2. Evaluate the most important social changes occurring in France at this time.
  3. Discuss the individual character of each of the artists included in the course.
  4. Develop a clearer overview of the relationship between art and daily life during this period.