$200; members $180
About the Class
This class will place Édouard Manet’s influential paintings, such as Olympia, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, and A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, within the context of modern Paris, the French Empire, and the city’s increasingly global reputation in the late 19th century. We will look at the formal and cultural impact of Manet’s art, as well as Parisian sites associated with the rise of modernity: boulevards, public parks, shopping arcades, department stores, sewers, and world’s fair grounds. Students will gain a better understanding of why the city of Paris is often called the birthplace of modernist painting.
André Dombrowski is associate professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania, where his research centers on the social and intellectual rationales behind the emergence of avant-garde painting, including impressionism, in the 1860s and 1870s. His 2013 book Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life won the Phillips Book Prize. He is currently at work on a new book that explores the relationship between the impressionist instant and period technologies of timekeeping.