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ART HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (L01)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)SP2017

L01 Art-Arch 4000Topics in Art History and Archaeology: Rethinking Matisse3.0 Units
Description:L01.4000, Rethinking Matisse, will be the designated Travel Seminar in the Department of Art History and Archaeology in Spring 2017. Read below for details. An intensive study of work in all media by this influential modern artist. Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is best known for his painting and sculpture, the traditional media of the French beaux-arts, often overshadowing significant work in book design, tapestry, ceramic murals, stained glass and even architecture and fashion design. To reconsider Matisse's place in the history of art in the 20th century, we will place special emphasis on the artist's contribution to modern trends in domestic and institutional decoration. His long career spanned the political schisms of the Dreyfus era in the 1890s to the efforts by France in the 1950s to recover its position in culture and politics after the Second World War, and we will also consider his relationship to the momentous political, and economic changes in his time. Related topics to be addressed: the role of his writings within comtemporary artistic discourse; the critical reception of Matisse's art in his lifetime; the historiography of modern art and his changing place in it; the market for avant-garde art in 20th century; Matisse's relationship to other artists, such as the Fauves, Picasso and other Cubists, and the conservative artists of the "return to order" in the 1920s. Prereqs: L01 113 or L01 215; one 300-level course in Art History preferred; or permission of instructor. From March 10-13, the class will make a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, NJ, for the special exhibition Matisse and American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, including an appointment in MoMA's Drawings and Prints Study Center. In four days we will see the three most important collections of Matisse's work in the US, plus an unprecedented exhibition that will not travel elsewhere. The Department of Art History and Archaeology will pay for all intercity transportation with the group, hotels (double rooms), museum admission fees, and some meals with the group. Each student will be responsible for most of their meals. We will leave St. Louis for Baltimore the morning of Friday, March 10 and return to St. Louis from New York the evening of Monday, March 13. We'll stay in Philadelphia two nights and New York City one night. So our trip will take place over the first few days and nights of Spring Break. The trip is a course requirement. Since the research paper requirement will involve artworks that we will see, it is imperative that everyone in the class visit these collections. Please contact the instructor, Professor John Klein, at jrklein@wustl.edu to express your interest and to make an appointment to discuss the course.
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Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:None / History
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
07-T-----2:30P-5:30PKemper / 211 KleinMay 10 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM1070
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