Americans in Paris
This course celebrates a distinguished group of 20th-century Americans who elected the City of Lights as their adoptive home. We will research how life in Paris impacted the creative output of American fine artists, including Mary Cassatt, Alexander Calder, and Man Ray; we will read essays, books, and letters by the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin, and Susan Sontag; and we will discuss the legacies of American musicians and performers indelibly linked to Paris, such as Josephine Baker, Blossom Dearie, and Miles Davis. The goal is to examine how these great American expatriates absorbed French culture; espoused its values of liberté, égalité, and fraternité; and contributed significantly to the lively cultural, intellectual, and political dialogue between France and the United States.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of how French culture impacted American artists
- Familiarity with famous American artists from the 20th century who lived and worked in Paris
- Art enthusiasts
- Prospective and practicing arts professionals