Week 4 / October 3: La Belle Epoque continued: the sculptor Auguste Rodin and Met Museum Assignment #1

This week, you will synthesize what you have learned about the Impressionists, the Post-Impressionists and the Symbolists by visiting the Met Museum and examining paintings and sculptures by the artists associated with these styles of art to begin or complete the Met Museum Assignment #1. (This assignment is due at the beginning of our next class 5 on October 10)

Auguste Rodin is an important sculptor who had a long and complex career running parallel to the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. The Met has an extensive collection of works by Rodin and one question on the Met Museum #1 assignment will use an important sculpture by the artist.

Read the Met’s essay about Rodin: LINK: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/rodn/hd_rodn.htm When reading the Met’s essay about him, focus on taking the shortest, most efficient but effective notes, by summarizing and distilling the content to as little information as possible. Note the titles of only the artworks that seem to be the most important and keep your bullet points of notes to individual words and short phrases.

For example, my notes for the first paragraph would say only this: Paris born, 1840; traditionally trained, rejected from Ecole-des Beaux Arts (traditional art school)

With this information, and knowing Rodin is the first modern sculptor, I now have a brief sense that although he is classically trained, his style is going to defy tradition.

Met Museum Assignment #1: Read over the entire assignment and information about the museum before your visit. Do last week’s Post-Impressionism and Symbolism readings or review your notes on them and do the Rodin readings before your visit. The Met Museum Assignment #1 contains 4 short answer questions to be completed after visiting the Met Museum and seeing artworks in person that relate to the artists and styles discussed so far this semester. This assignment is due typed, 12-point font, double-spaced text with each answer numbered consecutively next week. Refer to the artworks in your answers by artist’s name, artwork’s title and the date, but DO NOT include images with your answers. Proofread, spell-check and review your material thoroughly before turning it in.

For class next week – summary of the 2 required thing to do:

  1. Read and review the material on the sculptor Rodin. Catch up on Symbolism and Post-Impressionism if necessary.
  2. Finish, type up, proofread and print to turn in the Met Museum Assignment #1 assignment at the beginning of class #5 next week.

Remember / FYI: The powerpoints and the Met Museum assignment #1 is available on Blackboard.