07:080:231 Artists of Modern Life

The Artists of Modern Life is an overview of the theme of "Modern Life" in modern and contemporary art, starting with the paintings of Edouard Manet and Mary Cassatt in the 19th century and culminating with contemporary artists such as Dana Schutz and Katy Grannan.

The spine of the course is the work of Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), an extraordinary figure in the history of arts and letters. The publication of Baudelaire's essay, "The Painter of Modern Life," in 1863 is viewed as a turning point between traditional and modern art.

Through images, text and multimedia presentations, the course will trace the interrelationship between art and life and the infinite variations of what it means to be a witness to one's time.

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