Drawing Design History: French Furniture 1715-1804

Parsons Paris: Paris Art/Design Hist/Theory

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Drawing Design History

Fall 2018

Taught By: Gabriel Wick

Section: PC1

CRN: 7701

Credits: 3

This course examines the design, production and usage of furniture in France during a pivotal epoque – the years from the beginning of the Regency to the end of the Consular period (1715-1804). These decades witnessed a crescendo of stylistic shifts – first with the transition from the stately grandeur of late Louis XIV to the virtuoso complexity of the Rococo, and then to the understated elegance of the ‘Antique taste’. The course adopts a hands-on and transdisciplinary approach to the study of furniture history, featuring regular visits to art and design museums in and around Paris, lectures by curators to complement our readings, as well as in-class discussions. As part of their observation and analysis of notable works, students will also produce photos, sketches, finished drawings, and prints. Historically, drawing and printmaking played an essential role in the development and diffusion of new forms of furniture – thus our own production of works on paper offers an important means of gaining a deeper understanding of the material.

Open to: All Graduate students.

College: Parsons Paris (CP)

Department: Paris Art/Design Hist/Theory (APHT)

Campus: Paris (PC)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 16

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:55am 2/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:20pm - 3:00pm

Building: Parsons Paris

Room: 502

Date Range: 8/31/2018 - 12/12/2018