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




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Unit 1: week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4
Unit 2: week 5 | week 6

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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
WEEK 7

Quiz on week 6 images

Discussion topic:
VAN GOGH's ear, Sigmund FREUD, and the image of the troubled artist

Assignment:
Complete the readings and prepare answers for the following questions in your journal.

1) Outline the basic tenets of FREUD as D'ALLEVA explains them. In order to do a Freudian analysis of VAN GOGH's self-portraits, what sort of evidence might you need (either within the works or external to them)?
2) COLLINS writes that the psychoanalytic study of art (in which a work can be studied as a symptom of its maker's psychosis) has been largely discredited. What, if anything, does he argue could be salvaged from this approach?
3) What functions and interpretations does ZEMEL assign to VAN GOGH's self-portraits (see examples below)?
4) Create your own self-portrait in your journal (be it a sketch, painting, or collage). Make sure you bring your journal to section!

Vincent VAN GOGH (1853-90)
Self-Portrait in Grey Felt Hat
1887
Oil on canvas
44 X 37.5 cm.
Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum

Vincent VAN GOGH (1853-90)
Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat
1887
Oil on canvas
Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum

Vincent VAN GOGH (1853-90)
Self-Portrait as a Painter
1888
Oil on Canvas
65.5 X 50.5 cm
Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum

Paul GAUGUIN (1848-1903)
Self-Portrait with Bernard (Les Misérables)
1888
Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum

 

Vincent VAN GOGH (1853-90)
Large Plane Trees
1889
Oil on canvas
73.4 x 91.8 cm.
Cleveland Museum of Art
Vincent VAN GOGH (1853-90)
Starry Night
1889
73 x 93 cm.
New York: Museum of Modern Art

Vincent VAN GOGH (1853-90)
Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear
1889
Private collection
   

Readings:

* STOKSTAD , AH , "The Object Speaks: Large Plane Trees ," p. xlvii; "Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe and the United States," pp. 940-41; "Post-Impressionism," pp. 993-998
* ZEMEL, "Self-Portraits: the Construction of Professional Identity"
* COLLINS, "Art & Psychoanalysis: Van Gogh and Gaughin on the Couch"
* D'ALLEVA, "Psychology and Perception in Art"
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