FINE2027. The formation of modernity: Art in Europe, 1840-1890

First Semester
6 credits


This course examines the early formation of modern European visual culture, from Realism to the threshold of the 20th century. The underlying historical theme will be the rise of bourgeois society and culture. Painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography will be discussed in the context of related ideological issues such as industrial capitalism, mass media, urban leisure, tourism, new gender roles, and European imperialism. The movements of Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism are treated in depth.

Assessment: 100% coursework.
Prerequisite: One 1000-level Fine Arts course.