Last chance to catch AH4420/AH6420 Turner to Cezanne Class

January 14, 2010


AH4420/AH6420 Turner to Cezanne

Friday, 11:00 – 1:45

Instructor: Karen Mulder, PhD

This course explores the aesthetic revolution that occurred between the early 1800s and opening decades of the 1900s, and how the concept of being 'modern' influenced the commentaries of critics, historians and commentators such as Charles Baudelaire, Apollinaire and Zola, which in turn shaped artistic discourse. Criticism from historians Yves-Alain Bois, Deborah Silverman, Robert Rosenblum and others will provide a contemporary resource for discussion. Intentionally linked with the Turner to Cezanne and Corcoran in Context exhibits that run from January to April at the Corcoran, this course reviews the broader socio-cultural context that frames the Romantic tradition, pivots on various fin-de-sièclé advances, and culminates with works that fall under the general category of post-impressionism and early modernism. The course will also use collections in Washington to expand the student's firsthand experience with related artworks, and will promote writing and discussion skills.

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Course Description: Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales presents an outstanding group of 19th and 20th century paintings and works on paper from the National Museum Wales—home to an internationally acclaimed collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

Turner to Cézanne traces the evolution of early modern art—beginning with examples of dramatic Romanticism exemplified by Turner, through the expressionist Post-impressionism of van Gogh. Spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the exhibition contains masterworks of Realism, Naturalism, and Impressionism, by their greatest exponents.

The exhibition will feature 53 works—many of which have rarely been exhibited outside of Europe—including masterpieces by Paul Cézanne, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Honoré Daumier, Augustus John, Edouard Manet, Jean-François Millet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, J.M.W. Turner, and Vincent van Gogh.