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 A&H 315 - Interpreting Modern Art


​Modernism is the common denominator for a complex and widely differing range of movements and developments in the visual arts since 1870. The notions of modernism and avant-garde led (and perhaps still lead) to a broad range of ideas and theories on art. The course will offer a survey of the most important movements in modern art and treat them in chronological order. It broaches international developments by focusing in particular on works from major artists (e.g. Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Marcel Duchamp, Louise Bourgeois, and Gerhard Richter). Art work and theoretical ideas, as well as social phenomena that can be considered important influences on the ideas and works of artists, will be taken into account.


​Dr. Hans Bloemsma


Art History


The following course is required in order to take this course:

  • A&H 215 17th-Century Dutch Painting

Note: for some students it will not be possible to take the 200-level Art History course before proceeding to the 300-level. In such cases, students may request permission from the instructor to take the 300-level course first. The 200-level course will then be taken at a later stage to complete the track.