Paris and the Parisians in 1835. By Frances Trollope ...Daniel Harkett, Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Visual Culture, Rhode Island School of Design, “François Gérard and the Art of the Interior”

February 17, 2015, 7pm, Olin 1

A successful painter of mythological scenes, battles and portraits in early nineteenth-century France, François Gérard was also an important participant in the period’s revitalized salon culture. Daniel Harkett examines how his works decorated the rooms in which salons would meet and acted as catalysts for the various kinds of literary, musical, and social performance salons encompassed. He further considers how Gérard used art in his own salon, dubbed “the rendez-vous of Europe,” to mark out a space of tolerance and conciliation in a fractious world.


Previous lectures in this series:

2014: Lee Glazer, Associate Curator of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, “Heirloom of the Artist: Rethinking Whistler’s Peacock Room”

2012: Nicolai Ourossoff

2012: Charles Renfro

2010: Yoshihiro Takishita

2010: Deborah Berke

2007: Adam Kalkin

2006: Peter Bohlin

2003: Terence Riley

2003: Will Bruder

2002: Edward Maeder

2001: Michael Sorkin