ARTH 260 * Introduction to Art History * Professor Sarah Benson * Spring 2005
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imagesUnit 1: week 1 | week 2 | week 3
blackboardsection: week 2 | week 3 | week 4 | week 5 | week 6
paper 1 | paper 2 | paper3 | journal
online resourcesCornell Library | Grove Dictionary of Art | Encyclopaedia Britannica | Oxford Dictionary of Art | Oxford Companion to Western Art | Oxford Dictionary of Architecture | History of Art Dept. | Cornell Homepage
Quiz on week 4 and week 5 images
Painters as flaneurs in "that vast picture gallery that is life in Paris"
Complete the readings and prepare answers for the following questions in your journal.
1) Why, according to BAUDELAIRE, should his contemporaries paint modern subjects in modern dress and style?
2) Why does BAUDELAIRE seem to stress women as a subject of painting, and what catalogue does he give of the types of women to be seen in urban Paris? EISENMAN writes that "images of women--pained, sculpted, academic, and modern--positively dominated the visual culture of the Second Empire" (243). What types of women do we see in the paintings discussed in the readings and in the examples below?
3) Define the term flaneur , as EISENMAN explains it, and use the examples below to explain how the painters and viewers of Impressionist paintings behave as flaneurs .
4) In these paintings, identify signs of theater, performance, and spectatorship. How do the images themselves comment on what it means to look or be looked at, either socially or optically.
* STOKSTAD , AH , " Ukiyo-E : Pictures of the Floating World," pp. 831-833; "Late-Nineteenth-Century Art: Realism and Anti-Realism," pp. 943-944; "Impressionism," "Artistic Allusions in Manet's Art," "Japonisme," "Later Impressionism," pp. 979-992
* BAUDELAIRE, "The Painter of Modern Life"
* EISENMAN, "Manet and the Impressionists"