Constable to Cézanne: Painting in Britain and France 1800-1900 ADED11390E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Using major artists and art movements - such as John Constable, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, the Impressionists, the Pre-Raphaelites - as focal points we will explore the complex and reciprocal relationship between British and French painting in the nineteenth century, as well as the relationships between art and its social and historical contexts.


Block 1

Thursday, 13.00-15.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

Nineteenth-Century Painting (ADED1432E)




Written presentation (c800-1000 words) on single painting 20%

Compare and contrast written presentation on pair of paintings (c800-1000 words) 20%

Essay (1500-2000 words) 40%

Visual test 20% (3 pairs of images; 1 hour)

Course Aims

■ To introduce students to the discipline of art history and to increase their awareness of the relationship between art and the historical and social contexts within which it is created.

■ To explore the role of the art establishments in both countries and to examine the formation of artistic groups and movements independent of, or in opposition to, these mainstream art establishments.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Demonstrate a broad knowledge and critical appreciation of British and French painting of the nineteenth century

Write coherently and perceptively on major artists and paintings covered in the course

Demonstrate personal study skills and basic skills in art historical research methods

Demonstrate the ability to pursue personal investigation of a painting or theme using library, museum and gallery resources

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.