• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course examines aspects of 19th-century art and architecture in Europe after Romanticism, and will concentrate on the emergence of modernism in the painting of the Impressionists and their circle. Themes to receive special attention will include the representation of everyday life, realism and naturalism, and the changing roles of academic art.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

 By the end of this course, you should be able to:

1. Describe the major developments in 19th century French art, particularly in relationship to the emergence of Modernism.

2. Connect major social and political developments with artistic movements from Realism through to Post-Impressionism.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the market forces surrounding the ‘painters of modern life' and how they negotiated a conservative art world.

4. Research and access information on French 19th century art and organise your research into compelling and intelligent arguments.

5. Speak with confidence about 19th century French art.


Indicative Assessment

Oral presentation and paper - 1000 words (25%) (LO 2, 3, 4, 5)


Research essay – 2500 words (45%) (LO 1, 2, 4)


End of semester visual test (20%) (LO 1, 2, 3)


Tutorial participation (10%) (LO 1, 2, 4, 5)


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On campus but with many tutorials held off campus but within Canberra.

Contact hours include 3 hours per week in lectures and tutorials.

Students are expected to complete an average of 7 hours per week outside these contact hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.

Preliminary Reading

Frascina, F, et al, Modernity and Modernism: French Painting in the Nineteenth Century, Yale 1993




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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