Modern Art in Paris - HART8410

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 30 (15) Bernard Zirnheld checkmark-circle


The module will focus on Paris as a centre of artistic experimentation. The city served as the launch pad for key artistic movements from the mid-19th century through to the period after the Second World War (Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, etc.), and as a magnet for budding and established artists from all around the world. The module will take advantage of the great museum collections that encapsulate such developments (Musées d'Arte Moderne and d’Orsay, Rodin and Picasso Museums, Beaubourg, Quai Branly, etc.) and also of the major exhibitions on show in Paris in any given year.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 280
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Essay (5,000 words) – 80%
Presentation (15-20 minutes) – 20%

Reassessment methods:

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Clark, T.J. (1999), Farewell to an Idea, New Haven: Yale UP.
Clark, T.J. (1985), The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Painting of Manet and His Followers, London: Thames & Hudson
Foster, Hal, et al. (2004), Art Since 1900, London: Thames & Hudson.
Harrison, Charles, and Paul Wood (eds.) (2003), Art in Theory 1900-2000, Oxford: Blackwell.
Rilke, Rainer Maria (2006), Auguste Rodin, New York: Dover.
Wood, Paul, et al. (1993), Modernism in Dispute, New Haven: Yale UP.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of themes within the development of modern art in Paris;
2 Demonstrate a full understanding of the major art-historical and critical paradigms in the scholarship on this field;
3 Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of particular manifestations of artistic innovations during the period studied;
4 Demonstrate skills of critical visual analysis through close study of works of art encountered in the original in Paris collections and exhibitions.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate their written and oral communication and presentation skills, especially regarding the expression of complex thoughts about the visual arts;
2 Demonstrate their capacity to listen attentively and critically to the views of others, whether spoken or written, and to make a relevant response that furthers the investigation;
3 Demonstrate their capacity to conduct research and independent study into theoretical and art-historical materials;
4 Demonstrate their ability to construct and evaluate arguments.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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