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ARTH 196 — Iconic Works of Modern Art

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Feb 10—Mar 17
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Feb 12
Unit: 1
Tuition: $360
Instructor(s): Diane Zuliani
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Wednesdays
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Feb 10—Mar 17
6 weeks
Drop By
Feb 12
1 Unit
Fees
$360
Instructor(s):
Diane Zuliani
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Whether Modern Art strikes you as exquisite, meaningful, frustrating, or debauched, there can be no question of its importance. Art made between 1850 and 1950 mattered—and still matters—because it bears witness to the human condition undergoing profound transformation. Gustave Courbet’s A Burial at Ornans (1849) embeds the 19th century’s conflicting political pressures of capitalism and socialism. Claude Monet’s Gare Saint-Lazare (1877) points to industry, optics, and even subatomic science. In the 1880s, Paul Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire series and Vincent van Gogh’s flower still lifes reflect these artists’ desires to mine painting for deeper purposes in the wake of industrialism and the invention of photography. In the 20th century, Pablo Picasso channeled the political theories of Marx, Jacob Lawrence the sociology of the New Deal, and Salvador Dalí the psychoanalytic theories of Freud. This course will consider, in chronological order, the aesthetics and historical contexts of realism, impressionism, postimpressionism, expressionism, cubism, and surrealism, paying particular attention to the most iconic artworks of each movement, so as to glean the core insights each has to offer. In each lecture, we will focus at length on a small handful of modern masterworks, so students may learn to see and understand the range of unusual, even rebellious, aesthetic solutions modern artists employed to accurately describe their changing world, including abstraction, non-representationalism, self-referentialism, and universality.

Diane Zuliani, Art History Instructor, Chabot College

Diane Zuliani has taught the history of art, photography, film, and museum studies at Chabot College since 2000. Earlier, she was an educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where she lectured on the Getty's permanent collection.
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