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Student Research Paper

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Fall 2019

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When I get asked what I am studying in college, I often get puzzled or confused replies due to the fact that the fields are pretty unconventional as a pairing. The remarks, “What in the world are you going to do with that?” or “How interesting,” are common responses after sharing. Organization and management studies and art history are an unlikely duo that seem to be vastly different at first glance. After taking many courses within both disciplines to fulfill my double major, I argue that these disciplines are more similar than one may initially assume. Thus, I was inspired to express these connections through a more intentional way, which constituted as a course cluster. More specifically, I am connecting ARTH 206, European Painting: 1700-1900 that I took Fall 2018, with OMS 367, Work, family, and life Balance as a course I am currently taking. Now, one may perplexed as to how painting and the work-life interface can even remotely be compared, let alone relate to one another. Therefore, this paper’s purpose is to show how these two concepts can be applied together in unison, exemplifying the interdisciplinary nature. I aim to epitomize how art history and organization and management studies shares commonalities in application with theories and concepts from each respective field.

More specifically, these ideas will be linked through utilizing the style of Impressionism painting from France connected to the class labor divide and gender coding in society. I chose representative Impressionist works to be associated with the work-life interface themes. I hope to demonstrate how these work-life interface topics can help explain the context of these works. The paintings will not only receive formal analysis, which is a type of descriptive writing practice that is prevalent in the art historical field, but also application to theories, themes, and concepts from the work-life interface. Before delving into the multifaceted analysis of art works, there will be a historical introduction and placement of the period. Art history is full of revolving periods with unique identifying qualities that are reflected in the works, which is why it is important to take the time to build that foundational information that will serve as background and support for the analysis of the art works. Furthermore, this course cluster paper serves to not only combine Impressionist paintings with the work-life interface, but also to bring greater awareness to the overarching connections between art history and organization and management studies.


Written as a course cluster paper in Art History and Management studies.

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