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Critical Analysis of Art  Module I

Rico Franses

Online via Zoom

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9 November - 1 December 

Wednesdays and Thursdays

9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 November, 1 December

INR 7,500 Participation

INR 10,000 Participation + Writing/Final Project

6:30 PM IST - 8:30 PM IST 

Worldwide Registration Open

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About the Course

This course examines the paintings of Edouard Manet (1832-1883), arguably the most important artist of the 19th century. We will examine how Manet, with his ground-breaking paintings such as Picnic on the Grass and Olympia articulates an entirely new understanding of the epoch within which he is living, the one to which we now give the name Modernity. Simultaneously, through the form and structure of his paintings, Manet launches art on an entirely new path, one that we are still on today and  to which we now give the name Modernism.

This course concentrates on the close visual analysis of the artworks. Through this process, we come to appreciate the many different layers of meaning that inhere within single images, and the manner in which those layers interact with each other to form surprisingly complex 'texts'. Through these richly-textured scenes, we see Manet investigating topics such as class, sex, gender, the nature of contemporaneity, and perhaps most importantly, the nature of art in its contemporary setting, all of which are still deeply relevant to us in our current moment of Modernity.  

About the Professor

Rico Franses was for many years Founding Director of the University Art Galleries at the American University of Beirut. He has also held teaching positions at The Australian National University (Canberra), Pratt Institute (New York), and a fellowship at Harvard University. He has a BA in Philosophy (McGill University, Montreal), an MA in Art History (McGill) and a PhD in Art History (Courtauld Institute of Art, London). Among his publications are a book, Donor Portraits in Byzantine Art. On the Vicissitudes of Contact between Human and Divine (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and several articles including 'Lacan and Byzantium. In the Beginning was the Image', 'The Deleuzian Spatiality of Byzantine Art', and 'Untime in the Unconscious.  On the Dislocations of Time in Freud, Lacan, Laurie Anderson and Walid Sadek'.


Students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon successful attendance of a course or a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Evaluation if they successfully attend and complete the final assignment. Those who complete three courses (attendance and writing) in the Critical Analysis of Art over two calendar years are eligible for a BICAR Diploma in Critical Analysis of Art.

Refund Policy

We will refund your mode of payment — minus a 25% processing fee — if you choose not to take this course after the first session. Or, you can ‘roll over’ your balance to another or future BICAR course without a fee deduction.


To register, we can facilitate two modes of payment — either a direct bank transfer to our Indian account or we also have a PayPal link:

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