ART 221

Modern Art History 1800 – 1945 (Fall)

Lecture, 3 Credit Hours

This course follows the development of modern art in Europe and North America from roughly 1800 to 1945. The course addresses the artistic responses to this tumultuous era of industrialism, disenchantment, revolution, and total war. This course discusses the ways artists embraced these developments and the ways they attempted to escape them. We examine their efforts to make an art that would capture the rapidly changing contours of modern life or reject them favor of art for art’s sake. The course will address important movements and look at key works of modern art, but we will also address the ways in which these works responded to modernity in its exhilarating and terrible extremes. (ART 102)