Fall 2013

Matisse and Picasso

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-456


Natasha Staller (Section 01)


We will study two of the greatest artists of all time--their complex relationships to their current worlds, toward traditions and each other.  We will interrogate their attitudes toward nature, the sacred, history and gender, as well as the ways in which they recast myths, fears and dreams from the countries and regions of their birth and later experience.  We will analyze the ways in which they responded to particular geographies and qualities of light, as we interrogate ways in which their works addressed–-and sometimes aggressively did not address-–cataclysmic events in the social sphere:  anarchist insurrections, the Guerra Civil, two world wars.  We will consider their drawings, paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, and writing, from the entire trajectory of their careers, reveling in original objects whenever possible. In addition to weekly reading assignments, there will be one substantial research paper, based at least in part on primary sources, and an oral presentation. There will be at least one required field trip, on a Friday. 

Requisite: One course in modern art or permission of the instructor. While not required, reading knowledge of French and/or Spanish would be helpful.  Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Staller.

If Overenrolled: Priority to majors


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013