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ARTH 436 Modern Art and the Experience of Modernity, 1880s-1950s

The major movements in modern art in the context of the political and social events

Getting Started: Grove Art Online

For background information, start with an exhaustive reference work such as  Grove Art Online    Oxford Art Online also includes the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and The Oxford Companion to Western Art.

Bibliographies located in books or at the end of journal articles can be very helpful.  To learn if Pepperdine has access to a particular journal, search for the name of the journal in the library catalog, or use the 'Find E-journals' search feature on the Library's Web site.

Useful Subject Headings for Modern Art

Artistic collaboration

Art, Modern
Arts, Modern--19th century
Arts, Modern--20th century

Art and photography

Art and motion pictures

Avant-garde (aesthetics)

Criticism--History--19th century
Criticism--History--20th century

Design--History--19th century
Design--History--20th century

Feminism and art

Modernism (aesthetics)
Modernism (art)
Modern Movement (architecture)

Painting, French--19th century
Painting, French--20th century

Women in art

Art History Databases

Getting Started with Multidisciplinary Databases

ARTstor Images for Your Presentations

Woman with Coffeepot
Paul Cézanne. 1890 - 1894. Woman with Coffeepot. Place: Musée d'Orsay.


The best place to find images for your presentation is the database, ARTstor Log on to ARTstor, create a personal account and create an image group.  Then view information on how to Export of Power Point

You can search ARTstor by the name of an art work, by geography, by classification (for example, sculpture and instrallations), or by collection (for example, Detroit Institute of Arts Collection).  Use the Advanced Search to limit by date.

Helpful videos on using ARTstor can be found on UTube

Call Numbers for Art

The call numbers ranges for Art are:

N Visual arts
NA Architecture
NB Sculpture
NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
ND Painting
NE Print media
NK Decorative arts
NX Arts in general

Books can be found in both the regular and Oversize book stacks.  Many art books are in storage in Calabasas and must be requested through the library catalog.  Selected books from the Starr Collection are on display in the middle of the Main Stacks; these books must be used in the library and cannot be checked out.