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Male Bonds in Nineteenth-Century Art: some thoughts on the 2018 ESNA conference 
by Lisa Lambrechts and Zoë BurnusWhich forms did homosociality or male bonds assume during the long nineteenth century? This academic question viewed from an art-historical perspective, was tackled from different viewpoints in the presented papers by an impressive group of scholars with diverse expertise during this year’s ESNA congress at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent (MSK). The conference was held in consideration of Thijs Dekeuleire’s PhD project (Ghent University), in which he examines the discursive power of the artistic male nude in light of changing views of masculinity and male sociability in fin-de-siècle Belgium. It turned out to be a unique kind of topic for a congress which has never been brought up before in this way, and proved therefore to be all the more important.Read more..

Oud Holland – New Style

The oldest surviving art-historical journal in the world is a nineteenth-century Dutch periodical. After 135 years of uninterrupted publication, Oud Holland is reinventing itself in 2018, with a broader editorial board and, in addition to the printed journal, a complementary new online platform.

Oud Holland is also expanding its scope in order to give a platform to high-quality research on Belgian and Dutch art of the ‘long’ nineteenth century. It is now actively seeking contributions in this field from scholars and museum professionals.

Open to both traditional and innovative approaches, Oud Holland is dedicated to publishing ambitious and original contributions that meet the highest scholarly standards, guaranteed by a system of double-blind peer review. In return, Oud Holland offers a prestigious forum in an internationally leading journal that is listed in all major indexes, including Web of Science.
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Odilon Redon: La littérature et la musique in the Kröller-Müller Museum
by Renske Cohen TervaertOn June 2 the exhibition Odilon Redon: La littérature et la musique will open at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo. The museum has an extensive collection of work by the French artist. Most of the 197 works – lithographs, pastels, paintings, drawings and even a folding screen – were brought together between 1912 and 1930 by Helene Kröller-Müller, the founder of the museum. Recently added to the collection is an early oil painting Tête de Persée (circa 1875). The last exhibition in the Kröller-Müller Museum, the collection presentation Hommes de valeur. Henri Fantin-Latour, Odilon Redon en tijdgenoten [trans: and contemporaries], took place in 2002. Therefore when the opportunity arose to organize an in-depth presentation about this extraordinary artist the museum didn’t hesitate.Read more..


Whether you are bored waiting for the sunshine to finally arrive or need a shaded sanctuary, head into the cool of the museum to see one of the many exhibitions that are on this summer.


Life in Motion: Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
24 Mai 2018 – 23 September 2018
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Odilon Redon. La littérature et la musique
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
2 June 2018 – 9 September 2018
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Fleurs Lascives
Musee Felicien Rops, Namur
02 June 2018 – 23 September 2018
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The fin de siècle: a selection of art from between 1880 and 1914
Groeningemuseum, Brugge
2 June 2018 – 4 November 2018
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Gustav Klimt. Artist of the Century
The Leopold Museum, Vienna
6 June 2018 – 4 November 2018
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Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire
The National Gallery, London
11 June 2018 – 7 October 2018
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In Colour: Polychrome Sculpture in France 1850-1910
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
12 June 2018 – 9 September 2018
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Impressionists in London. French artists in exile, 1870-1904
Petit Palais, Paris
21 June 2018 – 14 October 2018
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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
26 June 2018 – 30 September 2018
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Beach Life – The Hague School and Scheveningen
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
7 July – 18 September 2018
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Mission Statement

The European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art (ESNA) is a platform formed under the auspices of the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis). ESNA was founded by a group of scholars, graduate students and museum professionals based in the Netherlands whose research focuses on European art of the long nineteenth century. ESNA’s aim is to provide a forum to promote the exchange of ideas in this field, to support and encourage graduate research, and to enhance networking opportunities for participants. ESNA seeks to contribute to, and foster debate on, nineteenth-century art through the organization of an annual symposium, workshops, excursions, the invitation of visiting speakers, and the co-ordination with other organizations and groups devoted to the study of the nineteenth century. Although originating in the Low Countries, ESNA aims to create a broad international network for the advancement of research into all aspects of nineteenth-century European art.

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Last update of this website, 03 September 2018



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