Impressionism

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Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, painted in 1830. It has all the hallmarks of Romanticism. Note the use of light and dark, the dramatic subject matter, and the prominence of the Tricolor, among other things.

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Claude Monet’s Impression, Sunrise, painted in 1872. This is the painting that gave “Impressionism” its name. Notice the quiet, undramatic, natural setting and the dreamlike quality the thick brushstrokes produce.

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Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882.

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The Luncheon on the Grass, also by Manet, painted in 1863. It was so controversial that Émile Zola wrote a novel about it. It was not unprecedented to paint a nude woman, but putting her into this everyday scene with two fully-clothed men (who seem not to notice her) went too far for some.

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Auguste Renoir’s Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, painted in 1876. It depicts working-class Parisians spending a Sunday in the park.

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Edgar Degas’ Absinthe, also painted in 1876. Absinthe was a trendy indulgence in Paris at the time, and some claimed that drinking it led to mental illness and violence and was a menace to society.

007: La Belle Époque

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The late nineteenth century in France. A vibrant time: Impressionist paintings, music, the construction of the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. But France has its ugly side. Militarism. Antisemitism. Coups, bombings, assassinations. What does this tell us about the times?

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“La Marseillaise”
Composed in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Navy Band. Public domain. Source.

Symphonie fantastique
Composed in 1830 by Hector Berlioz. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

La mer (The Sea)
Composed in 1905 by Claude Debussy. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Air Force Band. Public domain. Source.

Miroirs
Composed in 1905 by Maurice Ravel. Public domain.
Performed by Olena Havyuk-Sheremet. Public domain. Source.

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005: Islands or Canned Goods

The Spanish and the Americans agree to an armistice and begin to negotiate a settlement. But no one is talking to the Filipinos.

I had said this would be a three part series, but it has turned into a four part series. Sorry about that. Next week will deal with the Philippine-American War.

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“Lupang Hinirang” (“Chosen Land”)
Composed by Julian Felipe in 1898. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Navy Band. Public domain. Source.

“There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight”
Composed in 1896 by Theodore August Metz. Public domain.

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004: Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight

The run-up to the Spanish-American War.

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“Columbia, The Gem of the Ocean”
Composed by Thomas á Becket, Sr. in 1843. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Navy Band. Public domain. Source.

“There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight”
Composed in 1896 by Theodore August Metz. Public domain.

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