Faculty of Arts


Shock of the Modern: Monet to Warhol

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for ARTHIST 109.


This course introduces the key ideas, artists and principles that form the foundation of modern art in the Euro-American world. It explores the factors contributing to the rise of Modernism in the context of rapid social, political and technological change in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The emergence of the avant garde is examined across a broad range of art works – painting, sculpture, architecture and photography. Key artists in this course include Monet, Degas, Manet, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, van Gogh, Munch, Kandinsky, Mondrian and Duchamp.  This course will provide a good foundation for students who intend to progress to courses at higher levels on modern and contemporary art, especially ARTHIST 231/331 (Framing the Viewer: Art in the Twentieth Century) and ARTHIST 222/322 (Origins of Modern Sculpture).

Availability 2012

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Leonard Bell

Recommended Reading

A. Colquhoun, Modern architecture. 2002 H B Chipp, Theories of modern art. 1968. H. Foster, Art since 1900; modernism, anti-modernism, postmodernism. 2004 F Frascina et al, Modernity and modernism; French painting in the 19th century. 1993 C. Harrison, Art in theory, 1900-2000; an anthology of changing ideas. 2003 N. Stangos, Concepts of modern art. 3rd ed ,1994 J. Woodham, Twentieth century design. 1997


Coursework + exam


ARTHIST 109: 15.0 points


ARTHIST 104, 105

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