HART3301 Manet and the French Avant-Garde

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit explores the artistic career and influence of Édouard Manet. An upper-class Parisian who became a rebellious Bohemian, Manet revolutionised painting in late nineteenth-century France. Through a close examination of Manet's painting practice and artistic community, the unit examines how Manet challenged political authority and artistic convention. Often considered an important bridge between the concerns of Realism and the emergence of Impressionism in France, Manet's oeuvre engages crucial debates concerning the role of observation and reality in painted representation. Manet cultivated a style that invoked leftist politics, popular culture, art history and Japanese aesthetics, and the unit considers how Manet's work responds to shifts in the political and cultural landscape of Paris. As part of the unit, students are asked to consider both the limits and virtues of biographical analysis in the study of works of art.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) analyse the formal and technical qualities of the work of Manet and his circle; (2) locate these artworks within the broader historical, cultural and political context of the late nineteenth century; (3) engage debates concerning Manet's relationship to both Realism and Impressionism; (4) employ effective research skills, including the use of primary and secondary materials; (5) construct a compelling and well-structured argument in a written paper; (6) demonstrate critical thought and cogent analysis through oral communication; and (7) engage critically with pertinent texts to make historic and theoretical arguments.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) short essay; (2) research paper; and (3) oral assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Emily Brink
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; seminars: 2 hours per week
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