Public Talk by Visiting Scholar Bridget Alsdorf.  
January 14, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.  
Council Chambers – GH 111.  

Poster - Bridget Alsdorf talk

A dedicated realist who veered between extremes of sociability and hermetic isolation, Fantin-Latour painted group dynamics over the course of two decades, from 1864 to 1885. This was a period of dramatic change in French history and art–events like the Paris Commune and the rise and fall of impressionism raised serious doubts about the power of the collective in art and life. Through close readings of some of the most ambitious paintings of the realist and impressionist generation, Bridget Alsdorf offers new insights into how French painters understood the shifting boundaries of their social world, and reveals the fragile masculine bonds that made up the avant-garde. 

Professor Alsdorf’s recent book (Fellow Men: Fantin-Latour and the Problem of the Group in 19th century French Painting, Princeton University Press, 2012) and her lecture will be integral to the experience of students in the upper-level Art History/History course Art and Politics in Second Empire France; students will analyze her work on gender and identity and evaluate connections with their own research projects on nineteenth-century art.

Bridget Alsdorf is Assistant Professor of Art History at Princeton University. She completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. Professor Alsdorf has published articles in Word and Image, La Revue du Musée d’Orsay, and the Getty Research Journal; she has received fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  


Henri Fantin-Latour, Corner of a Table (Coin de table), 1872, oil on canvas, 160 x 225 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
Photo by Erich Lessing, © Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY