We are sorry to announce that the lectures and the symposium
have to be postponed due to Professor Brettell being taken ill. We will
announce the new dates on this website in due course.
The symposium will comprise a panel of internationally renowned experts in conversation with Prof Richard Brettell on the question of
Is there anything left to say about Impressionism?
Impressionism can in many ways be described as the first fully international contemporary art movement, and the discussion will touch on – among other subjects – the national traditions in Germany, France, Great Britain and the US with regard to impressionist scholarship.
symposium is free and open to all. Please register via the link on the right.
A full programme will be available soon.
The Humanitas Chair in the History of Art has been made possible by the generous support of J E Safra.
Professor Richard Brettell
Richard Brettell (Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair in the Interdisciplinary Program in Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas) is one of the foremost authorities on Impressionism. As the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in the History of Art at the University of Cambridge, he will give a series of public lectures on Is there anything left to say about Impressionism? and also participate in a symposium on Friday 28 October 2011. Further information on the symposium and online registration will be available shortly.
Further lectures in the series are:
The lectures are free and open to all, no registration required.
About Richard Brettell
More than a decade ago, he established CISM (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums) at UTD with a grant from the Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn Foundation. He is director of this centre and the instigator of two important of its projects: The Yale Series in the History and Theory of Art Museums (an open-ended series of books commissioned and edited by Dr Brettell with a grant of $1,000,000.00 from the Hamon Foundation) and the Curatorial Research Project (a $950,000.00 fund to enhance curatorial research in Texas art museums and to fund teaching projects and graduate museum research, funding provided by the Hamon Foundation and the State of Texas). Dr Brettell has also been appointed the Director of the Paul Gauguin Catalogue Raisonné for the Wildenstein Institute in Paris and was recently named Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture for the work he accomplished within FRAME (French Regional/American Museum Exchange).
His most recent books are Pissarro’s People, Impression: Painting Quickly in France, and the Oxford History of Modern Art, as well as scholarly exhibition catalogues devoted to Impressionist landscape, Gauguin, Pissarro, Degas, and Monet. His earlier exhibitions include A Day in the Country, Impressionism and the French Landscape, for which he was awarded a chevalier in the order of “Arts et Lettres” by the French Government, The Art of Paul Gauguin, and The Impressionist in the City: Pissarro’s Urban Series. Dr Brettell was the guest curator for Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1900 for the National Gallery, London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts (2000-2001).
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