History of art criticism (1750 - 1960)

lhart2380  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

History of art criticism (1750 - 1960)
5 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2017-2018 !

Roucloux Joël;
Main themes
The course focuses on the emergence of art criticism in the context of the birth of the 'art world' in the 18th century. The centrepiece of the course is the story of the history of art criticism in France in the 19th century, as it interacted with the development of the institutional and political landscape. A central debate is the question of the relationship of art to society and to science. The 20th century is characterised by the internationalisation of modernism, until modernism itself was inevitably called into question.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


To understand art criticism as an indispensable authority in bringing to light the ideological and social issue of artworks. To understand how the development of the figure of the art critic is directly linked to the institutional world in which he or she operates.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course takes a chronological approach to the leading figures in art criticism: La Font de Saint-Yenne, Gautier, Thoré, Duret, Ruskin, Fry, etc.
Teaching methods
Collection of texts, with commentary. Contextualisation of texts and elucidation of their important issues.
Evaluation methods
Oral examination
Other information
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology : General