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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay; (2) research paper; and (3) discursive learning. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Emily Brink
Unit rules
at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major
Contact hours
2 lectures per week, 1 tutorial per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.