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From Impressionism to Modernism: The Making of the Modern Art Market

Renoir, Monet, and Cézanne are familiar names. So are Picasso, Braque, and Gauguin. But what about the other men and the women who helped to develop the European and American art market before World War II? This course looks at the intersections of history and art history, primarily from artists’ points of view, revealing the origins of impressionism and leading to modernism. The timeline begins in the 1870s in the United States and France and continues into the 20th century, a period during which a handful of art dealers emerged to help innovative thinkers amass important collections. This course answers why and how impressionism became the foundation for the modern art that followed. Together as a class, analyze why some artists become so desirable and dominant and what factors shape careers, markets, prices, and market values.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge about art and artists from impressionism through early modernism
  • An understanding of how the global art market evolved
  • Appreciation of the factors that drive desirability and prices in the art market

Ideal for

  • Prospective and practicing art professionals
  • Finance professionals
  • Art enthusiasts
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