Genius in Focus: The 19th Century
WARNING !!! This is a very cool course
The 19th century is one of the most exciting times for change; in industry, science, philosophy, as well as art. In this series of lectures we will discuss some well known Impressionist works as well as work by other artists of the same time but from different movements. There was so much artistic "action" during this time that the various movements occurred in tandem, one with the other. It is this idea of variousness and diversity that will reveal itself to us as we travel the real road that led to change and which in turn led to our own exciting world of contemporary art practice.
We will study the following 6 paintings in detail.....I have included one topic of discussion for each of these paintings that may not have occurred to you....
Portrait of a Negress, 1800 (Marie Benoist)
We will discuss the image of the black female in western art.
The Third of May 1808, 1814 (Goya)
We will discuss Spain, Napoleon & revolution
Death of Sardanapalus, 1827 (Delacroix)
We will discuss Orientalism and what it tells us about 19th century society.
Olympia 1863 (Manet)
We will discuss the interest 19th century intellectuals and criminologists had in finding a connection between the physical and the psychological.
We will discuss the influence of mysticism in French painting.
|Portrait of a Negress, Marie Benoist|
|The Third of May 1808, Goya|
|Death of Sardanapolus, Delacroix|
|Mlle Lala of The Cirque Fernando, Degas|
|Vision After The Sermon, Gauguin|