The Transatlantic Gilded Age and Its Discontents
Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30-11:00am
This course considers the arts of the United States, England, and France in the period between 1865 and 1920, looking at specific case study works by painters, sculptors, architects, designers, photographers, literary works, and social movements. We will focus on the arts and institutions endorsed by the wealthy and the bourgeoisie, and equally, works of art and literature designed to critique, parody, and correct the architecture, manners, and activities of the era’s transatlantic elites. We will look at artistic successes, failures, and scandals. We will consider the work of utopianists such as Shakers, and the creativity of Native Americans. Key figures include Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Edmonia Lewis, William Morris, Louis C. Tiffany, Charles & Henry Greene, Julia Morgan, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Frederick L. Olmsted, Jacob Riis, Frances B. Johnston, and Thomas Nast.
This course fulfills the following requirements for the History of Art major: Geographical area (A) or (C) and Chronological period (III), based on the topic of the final research paper or project.