History of Art

Monet Soleil Levant

Monet Soleil Levant

Art in the Age of Revolution: French 19th century art                                                    

Tracing intellectual and cultural currents from the beginnings of Revolution through to the fin de siècle, this course will encompass Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Symbolism, and early Modernism in French art. Artists ranging from David, Ingres and Delacroix to Gaugin, Van Gogh and Rodin, and many more, will be studied against the background of this turbulent period of French history.


Tutor:                    Julia Weiner 

Time:                     Wednesdays 10.15am – 12.15pm

Dates:                  Sept 20 – Nov 29 (half term Oct 25)

                              Jan 10 – March 21 (half term Feb 14)

                              April 25 – June 13 (half term May 30)

Venue:                 Victoria Hall

Fees:                     HLSI members £95 for a 10-week term

                               £68 for 7-week summer term

                               Non-members £120 for a 10-week term

                              £86 for 7-week summer term


Course outline


Autumn Term

Week 1 – Introduction to the 19th Century in France – an Age of Revolution

Week 2 – David and Neo-Classicism

Week 3 – Ingres

Week 4 – Géricault

Week 5 – Delacroix

Week 6 – Courbet – Realism

Week 7 – Manet and Paintings of Modern Life

Week 8 – Precursors to Impressionism – Barbizon and Boudin

Week 9 – Monet

Week 10 – Visit to the National Gallery


Spring Term

Week 1 – Renoir

Week 2 – Degas

Week 3 – Pissarro and Sisley

Week 4 – The Women Impressionists – Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt

Week 5 – Visit to the Courtauld Gallery

Week 6 – Neo-Impressionism – Seurat and his followers

Week 7  – Van Gogh

Week 8  – Gauguin

Week 9  – Cézanne

Week 10 – Visit to the Courtauld Gallery


Summer Term

Week 1 – Daumier

Week 2 – Henri Rousseau

Week 3 – Toulouse Lautrec and Montmartre

Week 4 – Symbolism in France

Week 5 – The Nabis

Week 6 – Rodin

Week 7 – Prints and Drawings visit











Fritz Novotny

Painting and Sculpture in Europe 1780-1880

New Haven & London, Yale University Press




George Heard Hamilton


Painting and Sculpture in Europe 1880-1940



New Haven & London, Yale University Press





Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces: The Courtauld Collection

Yale University Press



David Bomford et al


Art in the Making:  Impressionism


London, National Gallery




Richard R. Brettell


Impressionism – Painting quickly in France 1860-1890


Yale University Press




David Britt (ed.)


Modern Art: Impressionism to Post-Modernism



London & New York, Thames & Hudson



T.J. Clark

The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers

Thames &Hudson



Stephen F. Eisenman


Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History



New York, Thames & Hudson




Francis Frascina et al

Modernity & Modernism: French Painting in the Nineteenth Century


New Haven & London, Yale University Press


Charles Harrison



London, Tate Publishing



John House et al

Impressionism for England, Samuel Courtauld as Patron and Collector

London, Courtauld Institute Galleries



Edward Lucie-Smith


Symbolist Art


London, Thames & Hudson




John Rewald


Studies in Post-Impressionism


London, Thames &Hudson




Belinda Thomson




London, Tate Publishing



See also Two-Day Short Courses: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites