ARTH 260 * Introduction to Art History * Professor Sarah Benson * Spring 2005

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Unit 1: week 1 | week 2 | week 3


    section: week 2 | week 3 | week 4 | week 5 | week 6
   paper 1 | paper 2 | paper3 | journal

online resources
Cornell 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

Discussion topic:
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.

Edouard MANET (1832-83)
A Balcony
Oil on canvas
169 x 125 cm.
Paris: Musée d'Orsay

Mary CASSATT (1844-1926)
Woman in Black at the Opera
Oil on canvas
81.28 x 66.04 cm.
Boston: Museum of Fine Arts

Pierre-Auguste RENOIR (1841-1919)
Moulin de la Galette
Oil on canvas.
1.31 x 1.75 m.
Paris: Musée d'Orsay
Edgar DEGAS (1834-1917)
The Rehearsal on Stage
c. 1874
Pastel over brush-and-ink drawing on thin, cream-colored wove paper, laid on Bristol board, mounted on canvas
54.3 x 73 cm.
New York: Metropolitan Museum
Edouard MANET (1832-83)
Oil on canvas
1.31 x 1.91 m.
Paris: Louvre
Mary CASSATT (1844-1926)
Maternal Caress
Drypoint, soft-ground etching, and aquatint on paper
37.5 x 27.3
Washington, DC: National Gallery
Edouard MANET (1832-83)
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère
Oil on canvas
95.9 x 130 cm.
Londond: Courtauld Institute
Berthe MORISOT (1841-95)
The Psyché
Oil on canvas
64 x 54 cm.
Lugano, Switzerland: Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
Claude MONET (1840-1926)
Boulevard des Capucines, Paris
Oil on canvas
80.4 x 60.3 cm
Kansas City, Missouri: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Edouard MANET (1832-83)
Music in the Tuileries
Oil on canvas
76 x 118 cm.
London: National Gallery


* 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"

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