Nineteenth Century European Art - Dr. Carla Puppin
(19th C. Art (Spring 2018))

Nineteenth Century European Art - Dr. Carla Puppin


Spring 2018 M/W 1:30-2:50 pm

This course covers much of the nineteenth century, focusing primarily on France. It was a time of political upheaval and transformation in France, often reflected in the arts. Conventions that had governed painting and sculpture since the Renaissance were broken down by innovative artists. These artists introduced new subject matter, and experimented with color, form, and spatial construction. It is a century easily defined by “isms”: Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism. But behind those terms lie the complexities of artists exploring individual means of expression in the making of art. It is also a century in which patronage changes drastically. How did an artist become known, find patrons, and sell his or her works in the nineteenth century? What constituted a work of art? These are some of the threads we will follow in the course of this class.
We will take advantage of the permanent collection in the Philadelphia Museum of Art as well as the Barnes Foundation.