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A Trip to France in the late 19th Century


Directions: Today we are going to take a trip to a different time and a different place (and you may even become a different person).* We are taking this trip so that we can prepare ourselves for the first short story we will read, The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant. Go to the following website: http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/ and choose the link for taking a tour of Paris. Once you click on the link choose the historical guided tour. Go through each of the scenes of Paris. As you are exploring, write down any facts or places that you think are interesting. When you are finished write me a travelogue of everything you have seen. Write this from the perspective of a travel writer. Be sure to give loads of descriptive details: what do you hear, see, taste, touch, and smell? Your travelogue should be 1-2 pages typed and double spaced.

* This comment refers to the great Chuck Palaniuk and his quote from Fight Club: If you wake up in a different time and a different place, does that mean you become a different person? Name ____________________________________ Date _____________________ English 9R

Art in the Late 19th Century: Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism


Directions: In order to understand the society of the 19th century in France, we must understand one of the most predominate aspects of French culture: art. During the late 19th century the movement was art for arts sake, meaning that one should simply enjoy the beauty of life. Go to http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/theme/impressionnisme.html and examine the artists that are associated with the impressionistic movement. When you are finished exploring the website, answer the questions below. 1. What are the characteristics of French impressionist paintings? What were these painters trying to accomplish?

2. Who are the founders of impressionism?

3. What paintings are Pierre-Auguste Renoir most famous for?

4. What is the predominant subject matter of Claude Monet?

5. What is neo-impressionism, and what are the characteristics of this style of painting?

6. What paintings are Vincent Van Gogh most famous for?

7. What style of painting did Georges Seurat create? What is the effect of the style of painting when you are close to the painting versus close up?