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ART H 380 A: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Art

Meeting Time: 
MWF 8:30am - 9:50am
ART 003
Kolya Rice
Kolya Rice

Syllabus Description:

AH 380a: Survey of 19th and 20th Century Western Art

Winter 2020   

AH 380A Winter 2020 Syllabus.docx

UW Grading Scale.docx

Edouard Manet, Bar at the Follies Bergere (1888)

Instructor: Kolya Rice

Office/Hours: Art 302: M/W 10-11 and by appointment


This course surveys the major trends and key figures in Western painting, sculpture and alternative art forms from c.1780 to the present.  Designed to impart to students a familiarity with the canonical works, styles and persistent themes in 19th and 20th century Western art, this course will emphasize understanding the art of this period as a product of its rich socio-cultural context.  Further, this class will introduce some of the fundamental methods and strategies involved in Art Historical interpretations, so that students may continue to employ and develop their engagement with art and visual culture beyond the classroom environment. Although the class is anchored by lectures, numerous in-class discussions of rich reserve readings will punctuate the course.



  1. TEXT: H.H. Arnason and Marla F. Prather, History of Modern Art: Painting,

Sculpture, Architecture, Photography, 7th ed. (New Jersey: Prentice Hall: 2013).

  1. Reading Packet (Purchase at RAM Copy Center, 4144 University Way)


To help you prepare for exams a selection of slides viewed in class during the week can be found as PDF files on Canvas, under the “files” tab.


Course Requirements:

  1. Active participation in all meetings. Please note, active participation assumes that you thoroughly read and think about course materials in advance of class meetings, that you meaningfully contribute to discussions, and that you complete any informal exercises assigned.
  2. Midterm Exam
  3. 5 page interpretive essay
  4. Final Exam

Note: make-up exams will not be given without legitimate documentation of severe illness, family emergencies, etc. Extensions for written work will be granted only under similar conditions. Late papers will not be accepted. All course requirements must be completed for credit to be awarded.



Midterm Exam (35%)

Final Exam (40%)

Interpretive essay (15%)

Active Participation (10%)

UW Grading Scale.docx


Catalog Description: 
Arts and architecture of Europe and America from Romanticism to the present.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
October 31, 2019 - 11:10pm