FIH 231: Realism to Post Impressionism
This course will survey artistic production in Europe from the mid-19th century until the fin-de-siecle. It surveys the interconnected and overlapping artistic movements of the period: Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. Lectures and discussions will be organized around such issues as: the rise of modernity as an ideal, the emergence and transformation of the avant-garde, the role of the metropolis in modern art, the sexual politics of representation, the social meanings of abstraction, articulation of modern subjectivities, and the impact on art of reforms in the decorative arts. The course fosters the development of descriptive and analytical skills through lectures, readings, discussions, midterms and written assignments.