This course examines the paintings of Edouard Manet (1832-1883), arguably the most important artist of the 19th century. We will see 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 will provide students with an introduction to interpretive methods in the social sciences and humanities. We will foreground ‘psychologism’ and ‘historicism’ as blindspots to avoid regardless of the interpretive method you use to address the problem you want to resolve in your analysis.
How should writers conceive, style, and organize justifications of the claims you make to readers? This course will teach you how to ground the claims you write with clarity and persuasion.