HISTART 464 - Interdisciplinary Topics in French Art, Literature, and Culture
Section: 001 Figuring the Artist in Nineteenth-Century France
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
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Class Misc Info:
Taught in English but knowledge of French is desirable.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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As nineteenth-century artists and critics became ever more self-conscious about artistic subjectivity, the figure of the visual artist emerged as an important character in novels by Balzac, Flaubert, the Goncourts, Zola and others, becoming the repository of literary fantasies and anxieties about individual creativity. This course, taught jointly through History of Art and Romance Languages & Literatures, will study the figure of the artist as a social and literary phenomenon in early and mid-nineteenth century France.

Writings by 19th-century French painters will be examined as one of many forms of artistic self-fashioning, along with the organization of exhibitions by which they identified themselves as coherent artistic personalities. The close involvement of critics and writers in shaping artistic personae will be another major theme, as critics contributed to the public staging of an artist and in turn influenced artists’ conceptions of their own work. We will study paintings and texts that took their audiences “inside” the artist’s private world through eye-witness accounts, portraits, and images of the studio and other artistic milieux. These popularized images of artistic personalities and spaces will be compared with their fictionalized representations in novels of the period. Readings from Balzac, Zola, Baudelaire, Delacroix, Ingres, Courbet, Bashkirtseff, and others.

The course will be taught in English but knowledge of French is desirable. Interested students should feel free to contact Prof. Hannoosh at hannoosh@umich.edu.

Graduate students may enroll in FRENCH 660 or HISTART 771.

HISTART 464 - Interdisciplinary Topics in French Art, Literature, and Culture
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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