During the nineteenth, as well as for much of the twentieth century, Paris was a critical centre for European art. This module offers an introduction to the history of art in Paris between 1850 and 1970 and assesses the impact that Parisian artistic movements have had upon cultural production in London. During the course, you will learn about the histories of London and Paris and will be encouraged to consider the ways in which the development of both cities came to shape the work of the artists, writers and musicians living within them. We will discuss the ways in which artists responded to changes in their worlds by developing new forms of art, as well as the relationship between avant-garde art and revolutionary politics. Among the topics that will be covered are the relationship between urbanisation and industrialisation in Paris and the development of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, the impact of new technologies during the early twentieth century on the development of Futurism and Vorticism, the responses of both the Dadaists and the Surrealists to the horrors of the First World War, and the rejection of mid-twentieth century consumer culture by both the Situationists and the British Punk movement. You will acquire analytical tools that will allow you to discuss visual documents in relation to historical, political and cultural issues, and will experience London’s cultural offerings first-hand via field trips to galleries and museums, as well as guided tours of historic locations.