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BHUM 1135A - People & Places : Art and Nation in Great Britain

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 34

Language of tuition : English

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None, except an interest in painting and visual culture.

Course Description

This course will examine the links of portraiture (people) and landscape (places) with the evolution of the British idea of nation. It will offer an exploration of the various reasons—aesthetic, ideological, social, philosophical, economic, technical—which have led to the predominance of those two genres in British art from the origins to the present day. It will explore how the rise of an “English school of art” was shaped by considerations of genres and idioms seen within a national context, and how art and images in general were financed, produced and disseminated. We will look at the history of the major aesthetic movements and writings on art, from the Tudors to the present day (Royal Academy, Preraphaelites, Arts & Crafts Movement, Modernists, Young British Artists, etc.) and their interface with the social and political context.


  • OGEE, Frédéric (Professeur des Universités)
  • ZIELINSKA, Martyna (Etudiante)

Course validation

2 TESTS in class (2 x 20%) + 1 homework (60%). Homework: a 1,000-word essay on a choice of topics. The topics will be given end of September, the essays must be handed in by 29 November 2016 at the latest, preferably earlier.

Required reading

  • Vaughan, William, British Painting. The Golden Age from Hogarth to Turner, London: Thames & Hudson , 1999 (or any subsequent edition);
  • Wilton, Andrew, Five Centuries of British Painting. From Holbein to Hodgkin, London: Thames & Hudson, 2001 (or any subsequent edition)

Additional required reading

  • Bindman, David, ed. The History of British Art, 3 vols. London: Tate Publishing, 2008.
  • Porter, Roy, Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World, Harmondsworth, Penguin Books, 2000)..
  • West, Shearer, Portraiture (Oxford History of Art), Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Colley, Linda, Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837, New Haven & London, Yale UP, 1992

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