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Dance at Bougival (detail), Renoir

THIS SUMMER, we invite you to come join us in the incredibly exciting artistic world of 19th century Paris. In the aftermath of the defeat of Napoleon, Paris breathed a sigh of relief and exploded into a creative rush that put the French capital at the center of the artistic world for the whole of the century. Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism, Naturalism, and many more -isms emerged out of this creative milieu as the old was jettisoned and anything new was embraced and tested and eventually thrown away for something even newer. We will look at all the arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, and music ~ in ten exciting weeks!

(see syllabus below)

Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.


JUN 20 or 21 through AUG 29 or 30

(no classes JUL 4 or 5)

Tuition: $345

To register online, click your desired ENROLL link above

or call 408-864-4060 (M – F, 10 – 6)

Week 1 (JUN 20 or 21) ~ THE ROMANTICS

The 19th century begins with the explosion of the French Revolution and the explosion of artistic innovation.

 Week 2 (JUN 27 or 28) ~ MUSIC

The gorgeous romantic Franz Liszt writes the music for Delacroix, Byron, and Stendhal.

 [No class JUL 4 or 5]

 Week 3 (JUL 11 or 12) ~ THE REALISTS

A reaction against Romantic sentimentalism creates something new, a more realistic art: Balzac writes the novels, Millet paints the paintings.


1848:  Barricades go up all over Europe, and Parisian artists find themselves drawing scenes of bodies dead in the streets.

 Week 5 (JUL 25 or 26) ~ SCANDAL

1863:  An art exhibition becomes a political scandal and endangers the government of Napoleon III–that is how important art had become in Paris.


1874: A group of artists put on their own art show on the beautiful new Boulevard des Capucines. This was an artistic revolution of its own.

 Week 7 (AUG 8 or 9) ~ PRIVATE LIVES

The new style of the Impressionists scandalized the art world and their personal lives scandalized their parents.

 Week 8 (AUG 15 or 16) ~ MONTMARTRE

By the 1880’s, the center of the art world had moved to the Hill of Martyrs on the northern edge of Paris where Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec lived and worked and drank.

 Week 9 (AUG 22 or 23) ~ AMERICANS IN PARIS

The Portrait of Madame X is a painting by John Singer Sargent of a young socialite. Who could have imagined that a simple portrait could turn into one of the great scandals of Paris!

 Week 10 (AUG 29 or 30) ~ PARIS in 1900

The 19th century ends with a celebration of wealth, color, prosperity, and love–all curling and twisting into the magnificent art of the Belle Epoque.

William H. Fredlund, the Director of the Institute, obtained his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, where he specialized in European history and art history. He studied in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and completed a double Ph.D. in history and humanities at Stanford, specializing in Renaissance Italy. Dr. Fredlund has taught for UCLA, the University of Florence, Stanford, and UCSC Extension.

Class begins at 7:00PM, and is always preceded
by a fun gathering hour of wine, goodies, and dessert.

Institute for the Study of Western Civilization

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