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Art history class

Art History Course

Creating the Modern City: Art and Culture in Paris 1830-1930

Professor Janet Marquardt

Course Description
Exploring Paris

Textbooks (purchased for you):

  • Michelin Green Guide to Paris, France
  • Belinda Thompson, Impressionism: Origins, Practice, Reception
  • Émile Zola, L'Oeuvre, Bonheur des Dames, or l'Assommoir
  • Photocopied articles


  1. Neoclassical and Romantic painting and sculpture; Medieval revival of 1780 - 1840
  2. Artists in Paris and Early Avant-garde painting, July Monarchy; Second Empire, Haussman, and Impressionist painting
  3. Paris Commune/3rd Republic, Post Impressionism, Universal Exposition
  4. Non-Western Arts in Paris ("Orientalism", "Primitivism"), Art Nouveau, Modernism, World War I

Course Description

3 semester-hour course
Undergraduate or graduate credit:
Art 3970 - applicable to either Art 2310G or Art 3670
Art 5970 - Directed Study


We will study art in Paris between 1830 and 1930 as well as contemporary literature that inspired and influenced the artists.
Classes will meet Mon-Wed mornings. Lists of sites to visit and artworks to see will be given for the remaining free time. Reading and writing assignments will be due every Monday.

Weekly Assignments

Exploring Paris

Locations to visit:

Arc de Triomphe
Delacroix's Studio, St. Germain des Près, Place Furstenberg
Ile-de-la-Cité: Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte Chapelle
Chartres Cathedral-group trip
Musée Cluny
Maison Victor Hugo, Place des Voges
Musée d'Orsay
Batignolles district/Gare St. Lazare
Opéra Garnier, Grands Boulevards, Parc Buttes Chaumont
Musée Marmottan (Bois de Boulogne)
Monet's house at Giverny -group trip
Musée Guimet
Monde Arabe/Mosque
Musée Moreau
Père Lachaise cemetery, Sacre Coeur/Montmartre
Musée du Petit Palais
Eiffel Tower
Hotel Biron (Musée Rodin), Musée Moreau
Centre Pompidou
Musée Picasso
Place de l'Odéon/Jardins de Luxembourg