Fine Arts | Topics in Art History: Picturing American: Art in the United States 1776-1913
A200 | 8057 | Erin Pauwels


Picturing America: Art in the United States 1776  1913

This course will examine the history of American Art from the
portraitists of the late eighteenth century to the works of the
modern avant-garde first exhibited at the 1913 Armory Show.  Our aim
will be to explore the development of visual art not as an isolated
phenomenon, but in its interactions and intersections with American
history as a whole.  In particular we will consider how visual
statements made by individual artists like John Singleton Copley,
Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, and James McNeill
Whistler expressed and contributed to the formation of American
national identity.  In class and through two short writing exercises
we will develop our skills of close observation and visual analysis,
and learn to make intelligent inferences about history from what we
see in art.