Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

FNAR 202: Modern Art

Fall 2013

FNAR 202  Modern Art History

at the John Felice Rome Center

  of Loyola University Chicago

Class: 5:00 to 6:15 / 1700 to 18:15


Instructor: G. Ted Bohr, SJ                                                       

Office: 113                                                                          

Office Hours: Tue & Thur 2:00 – 3:00

Email: tbohr@luc.edu

Phone: 06.355.88.305


NB: Fall 2012: This course will be taught with an enhanced e-textbook, web-based materials, and classroom digital images. Students must purchase the enhanced e-textbook. All other materials are free, on-line.

Text:  Richard L. Lewis, Cengage Advantage Books: The Power of Art. Available only on the free Kindle apps for iPad, PC or Mac.  $ 68.88 as of 23 March 2012.].


The course will examine the origins and development of modern art, including painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the time of Manet in the late nineteenth century through the twentieth century. Its purpose is to help the student gain an understanding of some of the major ideas behind the development of modernism and of the characteristic forms of various art movements and to acquaint the student with some of the important artistic figures who played a significant role in these developments.  This is a history course which is concerned with the evolution and interrelation of ideas about art, history, artists, and visual facts and their application to emerging art forms examined within their cultural-historical context. This course is intended to develop critical thinking and communication skills as well as a knowledge of the subject matter.


On the Rome Campus we will take advantage of Italian museums dedicated to Modern Italian and European art.  Italian contributions to Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, etc. will be given more attention.



•             Richard Lewis. Cengage Advantage Books: The Power of Art (with ArtExperience Online)


Course Requirements:

      Regular attendance (unless you have prior permission from the instructor, the Rome Center director, or a documented medical condition) and active participation in class discussions are expected. More than TWO unexcused absence must reduce your grade. Active participation in discussions depends on the completion of the weekly reading assignments. Class will consist of an introductory lecture and the discussion of the primary texts and secondary literature.

      Mid-term exam, plus quizzes         33 %

      The Final Examination                    33 %

      Writing assignments*                    33 %

[Writing assignments (10 pages total, bibliography not counted) are to be submitted by hard copy on the due date.]


Grading Scale:

Please see the JFRC Policy at:  http://www.luc.edu/romecenter_old/academics_policies.shtml


Semester Schedule:


Week 1:               Tu/Thur Introduction to Modernism / Italian Connections

Week 2:               Tu/Thur  The Power of Art / Principles of Academic Art

Week 3:               Tu/Thur  The Primary Elements

Week 4:               Tu/Thur  The Principles of Design

Week 5:               Tu/Thur  Modern Painting and Drawing

Week 6:               Tu/Thur  Modern Printmaking and Photography                                            

Week 7:               Tu/Thur  Origins of Modern Sculpture, Early Modern Architecture & F.L. Wright

Week 8:               Tu/Thur  New Media and Digital Arts

Week 9                Tu/Thur  The Battle of the Isms eg: Futurism

Week 10:            Tu/Thur  Out of the Studio

Week 11:            Tu/Thur  The Real World on Trial: Art Commentary

Week 12:            Tu/Thur  Abstract and Nonrepresentational Art

Week 13:            Tu/Thur  The Storm of Images in the Contemporary World

Week 14:            Tu/Thur  Review of the Italian Connections

Week 15:            Projects / Review


Knowledge Area(s) satisfied:         Artistic Knowledge and Experience

Skill(s) Developed:                         Critical Thinking Skills and Dispositions

Values Requirement  satisfied:      The ethics of art sales, forgeries, intellectual property, etc.


The Futurist Manifesto was written by the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and was published 20 February 1909. It launched the art movement FUTURISM that rejected the past; celebrated speed, machinery, violence, youth and industry; and sought the modernization and cultural rejuvenation of Italy.


Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money.

 ~Ernst Levy


Learning Objectives: 


Knowledge Area (Artistic Knowledge and Experience):

•             Acquire visual literacy.

Through an examination of the art of the modern period students will become familiar with works of art representative of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries and will learn to recognize elements of visual language (such as line, form, color, light, texture, space, proportion, composition) and to interpret how ideas are communicated through this formal language in ways that are relevant in their social-historical context.

•             Acquire the critical and technical vocabulary to describe, analyze, and formulate arguments about artistic productions.

Through the study of modern art students will acquire the appropriate artistic terminology and the skills of visual analysis necessary to critically describe, analyze and formulate arguments about these artistic productions.

•             Assess how formal qualities of artistic expression are intrinsically tied to an audience.

This course emphasizes how formal artistic qualities relate to the audiences of their time and how forms reflect different artistic aims relevant to their context. Students will become aware of how art is linked to the social systems and ideologies of particular audiences.

•             Examine multiple interpretive possibilities of art and know that interpretations both reflect the culture that produced them and change over time.

In this course we will interpret art objects within contexts appropriate for their particular historical moment and place. Students will learn that aesthetic interpretations vary between artists and audiences both within particular periods and between periods of time.

•             Evaluate works of art in light of aesthetic and historic precedent.

By examining the development of modern art over time, students will learn how art works relate to their aesthetic and historic precedents, reflecting influences from and reactions to those precedents.    

•             Recognize and participate in the artistic-cultural life of the community.

Through the paper project and field trip(s) students will utilize artistic resources in Chicago to study original works of art in person and to become familiar with cultural institutions in Chicago.


“To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art -- that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.”  Charles Baudelaire (1857)


Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.  ~Picasso