The course curriculum for Masterpieces of French Art covers a large period, from the 17th century to the early twentieth century in order to give students a strong foundation in the major developments in France.
Classes are run from Monday to Thursday to allow students time to discover Paris and its environs on their own or to take part in our two day-long excursions to the royal chateau of Fontainebleau and to Monet’s gardens at Giverny.
Included in the program are special events at galleries, welcome and farewell dinners and a scenic boat ride on the Seine.
Course tutor for the program is Jeffrey Taylor, assistant professor of arts management Purchase University, New York
Each class consists of two background lectures and two visits. Students can take all three courses, or choose from the following:
French Language - 4 ECTS (32 hours)
Mornings; Monday – Thursday
- French for Beginners (100)
- Advanced Beginner (101)
- Intermediate (201)
Masterpieces of French Art - 4 ECTS (34 hours)
Late morning lectures Mondays & Wednesdays; afternoon site visits
- Week 1: The Ancien Regime – Louis XIV & The Art / French art in the 18th Century: Visits to the Louvre and the Jacquemart-André Museum (a 19th century evocation of the ancient regime)
- Week 2: the Arts of the 19th Century – The Age of the Romantics / Realism & the reform of Art: Visits to the Musée Delacroix and Musée d’Orsay
- Week 3: Paris & the Beginnings of Modern Art – The Impressionists & their Successors / The Beginning of the Modern: Visits to the Musée Marmottan and Centre Pompidou
- Week 4: Modern and Contemporary Movements – Paris between the Wars / Contemporary Paris: Visits to Centre Pompidou and the Musée d’art Moderne/Defense
The Art Market in Paris - 4 ECTS (34 hours)
Late morning lectures Tuesdays & Thursdays; afternoon site visits
- Week 1: The Dealer – The Salon and the End of the Salon Monopoly / The Rise of the Dealer from the 19th to 21st Century: Visits to the Musée Carnavelet; walking tour of 19th century gallerist shops; contemporary dealers on the left bank
- Week 2: The Rise of the Auction House – The Salon and the End of the Salon Monopoly / The Role of the Auction House and Other Modes of Commerce in the Current-Day Paris Art & Antiques Market: Visits to Hotel Drouot and the Paris Flea Market
- Week 3: The Collector – The Collector in the 19th Century / The Tastes of Collectors Today: Visits to the Musée Nissim de Camondo and the Paris Flea Market
- Week 4: Public and Private Collections – The Role of Private Collections in the Art World / Biennials, Art Fairs & the International Art Market: Visits to the Fondation Cartier and the Grand Palais