FSEM1020-03.FSEM: Olympia & Salon Scandal.F13.Audeh,Aida
FSEM: Olympia & Salon Scandal
Academic Term and Year
Hamline Plan Letter
Area of Study
In 1865 a French artist named Edouard Manet exhibited a painting featuring a nude woman, a black cat, and a servant carrying a bouquet of flowers. This painting, titled Olympia, inspired both outrage and mockery from Parisian society when it was exhibited in 1865. Yet, today Olympia is considered one of the most respected works of art of Western culture and has an honored place in one of the most important museums in the world – the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. So, what was all the fuss about when Olympia was first exhibited in 1865? Why were this work and the artist who created it despised by critics and public alike? In this seminar we will investigate the possible reasons for the shock and outrage caused by Manet’s Olympia in 1865 Paris and for the great respect it receives today. In the course of our investigations we will discuss topics as varied as prostitution in 19th c. France, class struggle and the development of bourgeois society of Haussmann’s Paris, gender roles in French culture, and, of course, the history of art and the development of the avant-garde. Graded assignments include several writing assignments and a research paper based on guided independent research concerning a specific aspect of the topic as chosen by the student. Because this is a Writing Intensive FYSem, you do not need to register for English 1110.
Audeh, Aida, "FSEM1020-03.FSEM: Olympia & Salon Scandal.F13.Audeh,Aida" (2013). Syllabi. 1827.