Impressionism: The Artists and Their Art
After Claude Monet exhibited his masterpiece Impression, Sunrise in 1874, the art world was never the same. Impressionism was born, swept into existence by the advent of paint in tubes and trains crisscrossing the Parisian countryside that lured artists out of their traditional studios and into the real world. This course will explore works by and the subjects of 12 impressionists—from the dancers of Degas to the porcelain-cheeked girls of Renoir—through a mix of lectures, interactive exercises, and visits to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, home to one of the finest collections of impressionist art outside of Paris. You will explore how the subjects of the two female impressionists—Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot—differed from those of their male colleagues. You also will investigate why the impressionists painted outdoors and spurned the color black, as well as why the powerful art establishment of the day vilified them.
You'll Walk Away with
- A thorough understanding of impressionism
- Knowledge of impressionist artists and their masterpieces
- High school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11
- High school students interested in exploring a career in art history