Art and Revolution in France 1789-1848 B

History of Art, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 19402

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 2

Pre-requisite modules LH 19401

Module description

The period covered by this course includes the revolutions of 1789, 1830 and 1848, as well as the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy, and the reign of the Orléanist monarchy. We will examine the continuities and changes in the production, dissemination, display and reception of paintings, sculptures and prints during this time of conflict in France. The training of artists, the development of museums, and periods of iconoclasm will also be studied. Among the artists whose works we will consider will be: David, Boilly, Isobey, Gérard, Zoffany, Rowlandson, Gillray, Géricault, Delacroix, Ingres, David d'Angers, Daumier and Courbet. We will be engaging critically with the notion of 'revolution' and making regular reference to primary source material. This module emphasises the understanding of art in wider historical and cultural contexts.