Five Masters: 19th century ADED11690

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides an introduction to the work of five great 19th-century artists and their contribution to the history of art. Each meeting will be devoted to an individual artist, placing their achievements within the context of their life and milieu. Wherever possible, we will highlight works held in Scottish collections. The artists featured are Gustave Courbet, Adolph Menzel, Édouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cézanne.


2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Block 4, weeks 1-5

Tuesdays, 12.00-14.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide an introduction to the life and work of major artists.

■ Study in detail individual major works by each artist.

■ Set the paintings within the broader historical, cultural and social developments of their time.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate familiarity with each artist's life, career and art.

■ Analyse the primary and secondary sources to contextualise the artists' key achievements.

■ Interpret and discuss with confidence how the paintings of the selected artists were influenced by previous masters and how their art influenced future generations of artists.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits