French 309/Art 309 : French Painting since 1789

D. A. Kress
Jackson 306E
Office Hours: MW 3:15-4:30

Texts: Corneille, Horace,
Chateaubriand, Atala

    Throughout the course there will be handouts which you will have to read in addition to the work listed above.
    N.B. Much of the material will be consulted on the web.

In this course we will study French painting of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This period, during which French art has been recognized throughout the world for its accomplishments, has shaped our conceptions of modern art. We will focus on the movements that characterize the period: Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. These movements will be studied in their historical context and special emphasis will be placed on the social, political, and economic conditions that gave birth to the creative endeavors of the period. The material presented in class will be supplemented with theoretical readings by French artists and critics. Class discussion and presentations will be conducted in French.

In this course you will be using your French to learn and assimilate material in an entirely new way. French will be the vehicle; an understanding of art history will be the goal. Studies have shown that students make more progress in such content-based courses than in traditional language classes because they are forced to conceptualize abstract material in the target language. Your progress will be assessed by means of quizzes, classroom participation, exams, and four written compositions. In each of these areas you will actively use your French to master the material at hand.

Policies

1. Make ups: No make-ups for an unexcused absence are given. In case of excused absences, I may choose not to give a make-up; instead I may choose not to count that quiz or examination.

2. You are expected to come to class prepared every day. Study the material specified on the syllabus or in class! There may be a quiz even though there is not a written assignment.

3. Every quiz and examination will stress oral comprehension. Keep in mind that all class work will be conducted orally in French and your attendance and participation will have a definite impact on your grade. The activities of listening to a language, speaking a language, and writing a language all demand active skills. This class will require your active participation.

A language course is different from other courses at the college because you work on oral communication skills. The only place you can work on these skills is in your French class. Other classes may not require your attendance because you can learn the material from the book; however, there is no substitute for the dynamic interaction that takes place between you and your teacher--a trained language acquisition specialist. For this reason this course has a strong policy on absences. Students who have 5 absences will have their final grade lowered one full letter. For additional absences there will be a penalty of 2 points per day before the letter grade is dropped.

4. Your grade in this class will be given as follows:

40% Tests
20% Final exam
20% Compositions
20% Homework and oral presentations
100%

EMPLOI DU TEMPS:

I. Semaine du 5 au 9 janvier

mercredi:

Introduction, La Nostalgie Classique, Greuze, Horace

II. Semaine du 12 au 16 janvier

lundi:

David et son Empire, Horace, Girodet, Atala

mercredi:

David et son Empire, Horace, GerardHorace, Prud'hon,

III. Semaine du 19 au 23 janvier

lundi:

MLK Day, No classes.

mercredi:

Ingres et la stylization, Horace

IV. Semaine du 26 au 30 janvier

lundi:

Gros et l'épopée napoléonienne, Composition I

mercredi:

Fulgurance de Géricault, Atala

V. Semaine du 2 au 6 février

lundi:

Delacroix

mercredi:

Delacroix

VI. Semaine du 9 au 13 février

lundi:

Examen I

mercredi:

Du néo-classicisme à Corot

VII. Semaine du 16 au 20 février

lundi:

Mardi Gras!

mercredi:

Corot

VIII. Semaine du 23 au 27 février

lundi:

Du romantisme au groupe de barbizon, Rousseau, La Bataille réaliste Composition II

mercredi:

Millet et la terre

IX. Semaine du 2 au 6 mars

lundi:

Courbet et la majesté de la vie

mercredi:

Humanité de Daumier

X. Semaine du 9 au 13 mars

lundi:

Examen II

mercredi:

La Révolution impressioniste, Manet et la vision moderne

XI. Semaine du 16 au20 mars

lundi:

Monet et la lumière Composition III

mercredi:

Pissarro et Sisley, Le Paradis de Renoir

XII. Semaine du 23 au 27 mars

lundi:

Complexité de Degas

mercredi:

Cézanne et la situation en 1884, Gauguin et l'ange révolté

Semaine du 30 mars au 5 avril : Spring Break !

XIII. Semaine du 6 au 12 avril

lundi:

Gauguin et l'ange révolté

mercredi:

Seurat et le pointillisme, Toulouse-Lautrec Composition IV

XIV. Semaine du 13 au 17 avril

lundi:

Van Gogh

mercredi:

Moreau, Redon,

XV. Semaine du 20 au 24 avril

lundi:

Vers le XXe siècle, Le Douanier Rousseau

mercredi:

Vers le XXe siècle

Vendredi le 24 avril : dernier jour de classes !