HISTART 489 - Special Topics in Art and Culture
Section: 001 Rethinking Artistic Practice in the Nineteenth Century
Term: FA 2008
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This seminar takes Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) as a core figure for studying and rethinking the significance of nineteenth-century art, while comparing him with other major painters such as Courbet and Degas. His work provides particularly important insights into the nature of artistic practice in the nineteenth century and modern ways of writing art history and interpreting works of art. His career extended over a long period and coincided with several key developments in art of the period, including classicism, romanticism, realism, and naturalism. More perhaps than any other nineteenth-century artist, his work has been subjected to very diverse and sometimes contradictory interpretations. His contemporaries often found his work deeply provocative and contentious, while at the same time he became a differently contentious figure when seen, in his maturity, as a bastion of the French artistic establishment. His work provides a springboard for consideration a range of important issues, which include: the status of artist; the invention of new subject matter and new ways of configuring pictorial composition; an opposition between expressive brushwork and a seemingly impersonal approach to visual representation; and the emergence of modern attitudes toward repetition and serial iteration. We will investigate how these issues shaped the formation of a distinctively modern artistic practice in the work not just of Ingres but of Courbet and Degas. Modes of assessment include an oral report and two papers. Recommended texts include Robert Rosenblum, Ingres; Susan Siegfried and Adrian Rifkin, Fingering Ingres; Linda Nochlin, Courbet; and coursepack. IV. 4

HISTART 489 - Special Topics in Art and Culture
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001 (SEM)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
004 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (SEM)
Th 5:00PM - 8:00PM
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