Civilizations

The Cult of Progress

Examine the rise and fall of “progress” as an ideology, and see how the “civilizing” project that arose from Enlightenment ideas was fraught with contradictions that troubled European artists in different ways.

The Cult of Progress

53m 34s

Examine the rise and fall of “progress” as an ideology, and see how the “civilizing” project that arose from Enlightenment ideas was fraught with contradictions that troubled European artists in different ways.

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    Episode 8 Preview | The Cult of Progress

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    Examine the rise and fall of “progress” as an ideology, and see how the “civilizing” project that arose from Enlightenment ideas was fraught with contradictions that troubled European artists in different ways.

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    Manet Twists the Conventions of Art

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    In what's considered his last great work, Edouard Manet created a masterpiece famed as a masterclass in visual subversion.

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    George Catlin's Indian Portraits

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    Catlin was by no means indifferent to the suffering of the people whose faces appear in these paintings. But he didn't produce them in order to take part in some campaign to save the native Americans, instead he said they must perish.

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    Otto Dix's Definitive Artistic Statement

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    Otto Dix and his generation had borne witness to the horrors of World War I. They'd also been witness to the death of the nineteenth century faith in an inevitable, unstoppable progress.

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