lecture 10 The Painting of Modern Life

lecture 10 The Painting of Modern Life - 21:43 Courbets The...

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21:43 Courbets The Stone-Breakers Oil on canvas 1849-1850 Genre painting, figures from everyday life, lower-class figures going about their everyday  business: breaking stones to create gravel (for road repair, etc.) Criticized as ugly, potentially politically violent Social differences within 19 th  century French society Great deal of anxiety in French society about these kinds of class differences because  society was changing rather rapidly (cycle of revolutionary political activity, changes to  constitution/structure of government) Uncertainty about where people stand, what the order of society should be Seem innocuous   political firebrands at their moment, draw tremendous and rather  irrational concern Decried as socialist, communitarian Said to be an affront to those who came to view it in the salon Why? A subject that is inherently prosaic, not narrative, doesn’t provide us with a moral lesson, 
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2012 for the course AHIS 121g taught by Professor Baker during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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