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The Impressionists: Painting Modern Life

University of Oxford

3 months
300 GBP/full
300 GBP/full
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This The Impressionists: Painting Modern Life course at University of Oxford introduces the groundbreaking group of painters in nineteenth-century France. It examines the major concerns of artists such as Cézanne, Monet, Manet and Degas and their intimate interaction with modern life. 


The Impressionists: Painting Modern Life at University of Oxford expands to embrace the impact of women Impressionists such as Cassatt & Morisot, and investigates the trans-national impact of Impressionism. Van Gogh, Gauguin, Post-Impressionism, and the Impressionists’ creative techniques, are examined, analysed and interpreted.

Course aims

This course aims to introduce the participants to the group of artists known popularly as The Impressionists. It will place these artists within the aesthetic, social, and economic context of their time, and examine critical reactions to their art. We will look at a number of overarching themes such as body, landscape, and depictions of work and modern life. Additionally, we will analyse such areas as the important role of women artists and Impressionist painting techniques.

Teaching outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to understand:

  • The concept of Impressionism in terms of both a shared ethos and its many individual interpretations.
  • The methods and ideals that informed the Impressionists engagement with ‘Modern Life’.
  • The place of Impressionism in the canon of nineteenth-century European art.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the Impressionists’ approach to the creation of art.

By the end of this course students will have gained the following skills:

  • Ability to assess and critically analyse different types and sources of evidence.
  • Ability to think laterally across a range of issues and be able to evaluate and summarise the interaction between them.
  • Ability to discuss and interpret specific issues in a clear and logical manner


FHEQ level 4, 10 CATS points

Programme Structure

Programme details

The areas you will cover in this course are:

  • Introduction to Impressionism
  • The painting of modern life: Manet and Renoir portray Paris
  • Techniques of the Impressionists – paint and practice
  • Critical responses to the Impressionist exhibitions
  • The Impressionist body: bathers and bathtubs
  • Women Impressionists
  • Monet and the modern landscape
  • Work and industry: Pissarro, Caillebotte and the art of labour
  • International Impressionism
  • Beyond Impressionism: Gauguin, Van Gogh and Seurat

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • Flexible

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10 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will be set two pieces of work for the course. The first of 500 words is due halfway through your course. 
  • This does not count towards your final outcome but preparing for it, and the feedback you are given, will help you prepare for your assessed piece of work of 1,500 words due at the end of the course. The assessed work is marked pass or fail.

Technological requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    300 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
  • EU/EEA

    300 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.


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