A History of Impressionism


Alternate Tuesdays • 2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. • Mackey Auditorium

January 21 • February 4 , 18 • March 3, 17, (31 holiday) • April 7     

Impressionism is probably the best-known and best-loved of the fine arts genres. This course uses the 24-lecture Great Courses Video Series: “From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism” as its base. This semester we begin with France’s Second Empire, the reign of Napoleon III and the troubled state of French art in the 1850’s. The existing art genres will be viewed and analyzed. The changing times and their influences will be explored and we will become acquainted with the “impressionist” artists and their early works. After the video, discussions will include a review of paintings from the lecture and possibly some surprises! Please check the OLLI newsletters for the specific topics to be addressed at each class. 

Instructor: Judy Alter     Coordinator: Linda Lockwood