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Mar 5 - Apr 9
13:30 - 15:30
French Painting and Culture: Realism to Impressionism
short courses

Dates: 5, 12, 19, 26 March; 2, 9 April 2019

Tuesdays: 13.30 – 15.30

Course code: 18TON378

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The turbulent French nineteenth century produced some of the most exceptional and innovative artworks of any period, before or since. Revolution was in the air and on the streets and the art reflected these cultural upheavals. Continuing this new series, this course explores Realism and Impressionism, their roots, influences, interactions and practitioners. It is not necessary to have taken the first course to benefit from this one.

The stormy French nineteenth century produced some of the most original artwork of any period. While Romanticism had eschewed traditional Academic History painting, it was the art of the Realists and Impressionists that truly broke with tradition. In a time of modernisation, urbanisation and industrialisation the remodelled Paris was an innovative cultural and artistic hub. Spurred on in part by the development of photographic processes and experiences of modernity, artists challenged preconceived notions of artistic worth and technique. For the first time, scenes of peasant and working-class life, the city streets, cafes and popular entertainment, train stations, dancers and milliners were legitimate subjects. Paris, the city of the flâneur was a place of spectacle and the morals' police, the courtesan and the bourgeoisie. This course travels through the art, culture and meets the characters that populated this place of the fleeting moment. Why not join the journey?

Additional information

No prior reading is required. A list of suggested reading will be provided during the course.

This course is suitable for beginners, intermediates or advanced students, providing time to explore a subject for interest, among like-minded people, in an inclusive, supportive and friendly environment, without formal assessment.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To gain an insight into the history of nineteenth century art and culture in general but with a particular emphasis on the movements of Realism and Impressionism and their practitioners.
  • To be aware of the socio-cultural environment within which the art and culture of the French nineteenth century developed, and the wider cultural context of the dominant ideologies and philosophies.
  • To be able to discuss a range of issues and debates associated with nineteenth century art and culture, using appropriate language and terminology.

    About the tutor

    Jan Annoot holds a joint BA (Hons) degree in the History and Theory of Art and English Literature, and an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Art, both from the University of Kent, as well as a PGCE from Canterbury Christ Church University. Jan's wide-ranging teaching experience includes an eclectic range of Art History subjects at A Level, Access and, predominantly, degree level in a number of HE institutions. Jan has also been employed by the International Baccalaureate as an External Examiner (Visual Arts) and as External Moderator (Access to HE, specialising in Art) for the University of the Creative Arts for Laser Learning Awards. Her research and teaching interests are also varied, but include the Body/Gender/Feminism, Nineteenth Century French Art and Culture, Orientalism, Modernism and Postmodernism and the Renaissance. Her introductory essay 'Mediating Desires' in Beautifully Obscene: The History of the Erotic Print Exhibition Catalogue (Beautifully Obscene: The History of the Erotic Print, Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent) was published in May 2015.


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