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Picturing France, 1830–1900


Intended for middle, high school, and early college classes, this learning resource takes a multifaceted look at 19th-century painting in France, as well as at the culture that produced and is reflected by that art. Organized by region, it provides a quick glance at the setting, history, and cultural life of Paris, the Île-de-France, the mountain areas of Franche-Comté and Auvergne, Normandy, Brittany, and Provence as well as in-depth examinations of more than 50 works of art. The packet’s classroom guide includes activities that bring the music, literature, politics, cuisine, and artistic strategies of 19th-century France to life. Recommended for social studies, history, French language, and art curricula.

The Picturing France loan packet includes:

  • a 159-page booklet, with background information and a glossary of important terms and historical figures and events, as well as a bibliography and an index
  • a separate 138-page classroom guide with activities, student handouts, a timeline, and resource information
  • 20 color reproductions
  • an image CD of all National Gallery works reproduced in this booklet, plus additional images for use in conjunction with some teaching activities
  • a map of France.

Artists included: Eugène Boudin, Gustave Caillebotte, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Charles-François Daubigny, Edgar Degas, Narcisse Virgilio Dïaz de la Peña, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet, Jean-François Millet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Odilon Redon, Auguste Renoir, Théodore Rousseau, Paul Sérusier, Georges Seurat, Alfred Sisley, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Édouard Vuillard

This teaching packet is available free of charge for a nine-month loan period, permitting extended use in classroom or library settings.

Picturing France, 1830–1900
(PDF 4.5MB, 159 pages)

Picturing France Classroom Guide
(PDF 4.6MB, 138 pages)

These files are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader.