Documentarians of an Era: A Study of the Paintings of Thomas Eakins and Gustave Caillebotte
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My objective in this unit will be multi-layered. Students will be able to recognize the similarities and differences between two cultures, as witnessed by the artists who made their world evident through their art. Integral to this unit will be the study of the forces that contributed to their art: examples of literature from the latter half of the nineteenth century, the influence of the camera and the mutual interests of the painters. Students will examine the elements of line, perspective and space, intrinsic to each of their úuvres. Thanks to the vast collection at the Yale University Art Gallery, students will have firsthand evidence of these two cultures.