Undergraduate Course: Europe 1900: Nationalism and Decadence at the Fin-De-Siecle (HIAR10029)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will cover the period c.1885-1910. This is an exciting field with an increasingly challenging bibliography. The course deals with a wide variety of media - painting, drawings, prints, posters, sculpture, and to a certain extent the decorative arts - in a variety of primarily western European countries, including France, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, and Austria-Hungary. This range introduces art in unfamiliar countries and by little known artists. The course is organised around themes. Nationalism, internationalism, and regionalism are considered as rivals and counterparts; the notions of centres (e.g. Paris) and peripheries (e.g. Switzerland and Scandinavia, via Hodler, Gallen-Kallela, and Hammershoi) is also considered. Different nations' rivalries over the classical tradition is a key area (Puvis de Chavannes, Gustave Moreau, Cezanne, Von Stuck). Public health and its counterpoint, decadence (Toulouse-Lautrec, De Feure), is dealt with, particularly with reference to the social Darwinism which was such a prevalent contemporary discourse. Both these themes link with notions of city and country, the former growing and becoming dangerous (Kollwitz), the latter seen increasingly as a repository of nostalgic values (Zorn). Spirituality was widely acknowledged to be a fin-de-sicle concern, and this is considered not only in relation to explicitly Christian art (Corinth, Maurice Denis) but also to Theosophy (Mondrian, Kandinsky, Kupka), which encouraged artists to find new expression in abstraction. Music is also considered, as an 'abstract' form capable of expressing deep emotion and also a vehicle for nationalism (Klinger, Klimt). Finally, the course plays off artist's fascination with modernity and its articulation as anxiety (Ensor, Munch, Spilliaert).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). Visiting students should have completed at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above, and we will only consider University/College level courses. **Please note that 3rd year History of Art courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 24,
Revision Session Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 x 3 hour online examination paper (50%) and 1 x 2,000 word essay (50%)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3-hour online exam||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Hone close skills of picture analysis, based on the close study of objects both in the classroom and on a gallery visit.
- Get a fuller understanding of the social history of art. In particular, they will be encouraged to think in interdisciplinary terms, and to key the making of images into historical processes.
- Explore periodical literature and to read critically and widely.
- Prepare for classes, whether giving a paper or not, and contribute in an informed way to discussion.
|Course organiser||Miss Michelle Foot
|Course secretary||Miss Ellie McCartney
Tel: (0131 6)51 5879