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Upcoming Occurrences:

  • February 26, 2019 – 6:00 pm
  • March 5, 2019 – 6:00 pm

Art History Course: The Radical Vision of Nineteenth-Century French Artists


  • Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). At the Milliner, ca. 1882–85. Oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 29 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 2001.27. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Travis Fullerton

  • Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Field of Poppies, Giverny, 1885. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 28 3/4 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 85.499. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetzel

To add your name to the waitlist, please contact Meagan Rust at 615-744-3342.

presented by Mishoe Brennecke, professor of art history, University of the South
Rechter Room
Price per class: $12 members; $15 not-yet members
Price for the entire course: $30 members; $40 not-yet-members

(register for all three classes at the same time, using the discount code ALL3)

In this three-part course, learn about the movements and styles in French art represented in Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art. Each class is a standalone offering that can be taken by itself or in conjunction with the others.

February 19
Origins of French Impressionism

This class will consider the artistic and historical factors that contributed to the development of French Impressionism, with attention given to the Romantic and Realist movements and the critical influence of Édouard Manet on the formation of the style.

February 26
French Impressionism
This class will look at the historical circumstances that led to the formation of the French Impressionists as a group, their group exhibitions, their relationship to the artistic establishment, and the critics’ response to their works. We will discuss the subjects and styles of some of its members—Degas, Monet, Morisot, and Renoir.

March 5
Beyond French Impressionism
This class will examine works by the Post-Impressionists, the particular circumstances of the artists’ production in relation to the Impressionists, their artistic goals, and their influence on French artists of the early twentieth century.

Mishoe Brennecke is a professor of art history at the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. Brennecke earned her MA in art history from Columbia University and her PhD in art history from the City University of New York. She specializes in American and European art of the nineteenth century and teaches courses in American, British, and French art of the late seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Her current research focuses on the life and work of Johannes Oertel, a nineteenth-century German American painter. She is working on a catalogue of the large collection of Oertel’s paintings owned by the University of the South.


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