HA3DE-Delacroix, Romanticism and French 19c Painting

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Simon Lee

Email: s.lee@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) was a highly significant figure in nineteenth-century European painting. Primarily associated with Romanticism, he was an innovative practitioner of painting as a medium for expressing emotion and also the last great painter of serious historical themes in the European tradition. The module covers the whole of Delacroix's career and his full range of productions. Consideration will also be made of how Delacroix used colour and dynamic effects to communicate directly to the spectator and to extend the emotional appeal of painting which could now emulate the effects of music and poetry in its ability to trigger the emotions and the operation of the imagination.

This module aims to provide students with an overall understanding of the career of Eugène Delacroix and enable them to examine and interpret his productions against the backdrop of Romanticism and the changing cultural and political circumstances in France.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able

  • identify and explain the range and variety of Delacroix's artistic productions.
  • understand the relationship between Delacroix's paintings and those of his contemporaries .
  • carry out a scholarly interpretation of individual works of art giving an account of their visual qualities and their significance within both Delacroix's career the context of French art of the period.
  • access and use information on the subject by their own research.
  • form arguments and opinions about the interpretation of Delacroix, Romanticism and debates about political ideology and orientalism and organize this material into effective and detailed arguments in oral presentations, and timed examination papers.

Additional outcomes:
With its requirement to present one seminar paper, this module encourages the development of oral communication skills. It also develops students' library research skills and IT skills by the use of relevant Web resources and databases.

Outline content:
This course covers the whole of Delacroix's career and his full range of productions- Salon paintings, decorative projects in major public and institutional buildings, Arab and oriental themes, flower and animal painting and small-scale works on literary themes. Attention will be paid to his role in and relationship to Romanticism, his patronage by successive regimes and his determination to retain artistic independence. Delacroix's relationship to his contemporaries will also be examined- particularly the links with Ingres, Delaroche, Horace Vernet and Courbet. Study will also be made of his Journals- the most revealing written statements by any nineteenth-century artist- and his own theories on colour and expression that proved so influential on later artists.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
One two-hour seminar per week requiring preliminary reading and research. Group discussion, individual seminar presentations; and one or two revision classes in the summer term. Normally at least one study visit to a relevant gallery or exhibition, either the National Gallery or the Wallace Collection.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 18
Tutorials 2 2
External visits 4
Guided independent study 174
Total hours by term 194.00 6.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 20
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Other information on summative assessment:
For Coursework, students give one assessed oral presentation, and then write this up in the form of an essay with full scholarly references and footnotes/ endnotes. There is no formal word limit, although most pieces of work are between 2,500-3,500 words long. The coursework mark is an average of the marks obtained for these two pieces of work.
The Examination consists of one three-hour paper requiring three questions to be answered from a choice of ten and taken as a Part 3 or Part 4 examination.

Formative assessment methods:
Students are requested to meet with the Module Convenor to discuss the content and scope of their presentations and to ensure that the textual and visual materials used are appropriate.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One three hour written paper.

    Requirements for a pass:
    mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in September. Coursework to be submitted by 1 September if it carries an original mark of less than 40% and written examination

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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