Kadenze: The Modern Genius: Art and Culture in the 19th Century

 with  Parme Giuntini

This Art History course investigates the role of the French avant-garde in developing and showcasing new modern forms and approaches to art and visual culture in the 19th century. The material addresses the most critical issues of modernity from Realism through Post-Impressionism. We will cover the stylistic changes that challenged academic art, the new subjects that confounded modern audiences, and the new roles and authority of the modern artist. To do this, we will focus on the European world through a series of video podcasts and online readings over five weeks. By the end of the course, you will understand the issues of modernity and the way that art and art-making addressed these issues as well as recognize the profound impact that 19th century Europe had in shaping our contemporary ideas of being “modern.”


Session 1: Modernity And Realism 
Becoming Modern
Session 2: The Visual Culture Of Modern Europe: New Technologies, New Venues, New Ideas 
Century Photography & Manet: Realism beyond Courbet
Session 3: Impressionism: Problems And Issues Then And Now 
Impressionism: The Heroicization of Modern Life, Complications with Painting and Envisioning Modern Sculpture
Session 4: Post-Impressionism And Artistic Genius 
Post Impressionism: Cezanne’s Critique, Beyond Cezanne: George Seurat, Gaugin and Myth and Primitivism and Van Gogh – Beyond the Myth of Artistic Genius
Session 5: Edges And Resistance 
The Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau
5 Student
Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Subject Art & Design
Provider Kadenze
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Calendar 5 weeks long

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5.0 6 months ago
Nihal Nour is taking this course right now, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Mind-provoking course as an introduction for 19th c art. I found it a great start, then anyone can study some of the material presented in the course in-depth on their own.
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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous partially completed this course.
This course has so much amazing art! I always wanted to learn more about art history. The course is very well filmed which makes it fun to learn this material.
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5.0 6 months ago
Anonymous audited this course.
I loved it! The videos were very interesting and I learned a lot! Highly recommended for art lovers and advanced learners of English as a Foreign Language.
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4.0 6 months ago
Anonymous audited this course.
Very well organized course.

For me this course was a real eye-opener. I think modern art originated earlier than most textbooks claim.
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