Arts and civilisations: from Impressionism to Contemporary Art

larke1559  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Arts and civilisations: from Impressionism to Contemporary Art
5 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2018-2019 !

Streitberger Alexander;
Main themes
The course introduces students to the major artistic trends from the mid-19th century to today. It deals with general issues relating to the artist in society, the theoretical discourse, and the fonction of the artwork within its specific historical context.

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


During this course, students will learn a range of different methodologies intended to enable them to analyse a selection of key works of Western Art since the mid-19th century, encompassing painting and sculpture and other media as drawing, photography, and film.

They will also learn how to sythesise these analyses and develop a chronological and typological framework for the history of forms and themes in Art.



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”.
This course uses case studies of major artworks to establish a chronological and/or thematic framework of forms and themes in Western Art since the mid-19th century. An emphasis is placed on the role of art within a specific theoretical and socio-cultural framework. Further are studied questions of the artworks conditions of production, presentation, and reception.
Among the addressed matters are:
  • the evolution of forms and ideas through some of the most representative artistic movements (impressionism, post-impressionism, expressionism, futurism, cubism, Dadaism, constructivism, surrealism, abstraction, pop art conceptual art, minimal art, performance, etc.)
  • autonomy of the artistic medium versus fusion of different media (intermediality)
  • the concepts of modernism and postmodernism
  • the relationship between art and popular culture
Teaching methods
Class with Powerpoint.
Evaluation methods
Written exam.
Other information
Online resources
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : Musicology

Minor in Culture and Creation

Minor in History of Art and Archeology