Would you like to learn more about Vincent van Gogh or his contemporaries? In a series of free lectures we're highlighting a theme raised by an exhibition or recent research.
The lectures take place in the auditorium at 2 pm on a Sunday afternoon. The lectures are Dutch spoken, unless stated otherwise.
Tradition and Identity: The Frenchness of nineteenth-century French Art
By Neil McWilliam
How did French artists in the long nineteenth century work with – or against – the legacy of the art of the past? How was this art presented to them in the teaching institutions and museums through which new generations identified themselves in relation to tradition? This lecture explores changing attitudes towards the lessons of past art during the nineteenth century, focusing particularly on the ways in which artistic tradition was increasingly used to identify a distinctively national culture. In a period that saw a crisis of authority in the academic system that had promoted a classically-based artistic canon, new models emerged that emphasized art as an expression of French character rather than universal values.
Prof. Neil McWilliam teaches Art and Art History in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University (USA).