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ARTHI 4873

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

at the Art Institute of Chicago

Professor David Getsy Department of Art History, Theory, & Criticism School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Summer 2006 3w4 Mon - Fri, 1-4pm classroom: MC 619

office: MC 710 e-mail: dgetsy@artic.edu office hours by


Course description Using the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, this course introduces the major themes of Impressionist and 'Post-Impressionist' painting in France. The majority of class meetings are held in the museum galleries. Also using the Art Institute as a case study, we critically examine the reputation of Impressionism and its rise to become the most popular topic for blockbuster exhibitions.

Course structure Sessions in this three-week intensive course will be split between lectures and group discussions. Students will be expected to undertake independent study and analysis outside of class hours, including course readings and project research. The majority of classes will meet for at least an hour in the galleries of the Art Institute. Students are required to actively participate in these discussions and will be evaluated on their contributions to group conversations.

There is one required book for the course: Stephen EISENMAN, Nineteenth-Century Art, second edition (London and New York: Thames & Hudson, 2002). All other readings will be made available through the Docutek system. Students should refer to the syllabus, rather than to the Docutek listing, for specifics (page numbers, order of reading, selections, etc.)


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    Attendance and participation All students are expected to attend class meetings prepared to discuss the required readings. This is a discussion-based class, and all students should regularly and productively contribute to class discussions. Attendance at all class meetings is essential. More than two missed classes may be grounds for a “no credit.”

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There will be two slide-based examinations held in class. These examinations will be based primarily on class lectures, readings, and discussions. Class lectures do not follow the organization of the textbook, and successful exams will demonstrate comprehension of topics from both lectures and outside readings. Unless otherwise noted, laptops are not allowed at any point on days with examinations.

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