About ESNA

2019 has already been a milestone for our organization: on 20 December 2018, the European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art became a foundation. Our new status is a guarantee for the future, and opens up new possibilities for cooperation on both the intellectual and financial fronts. Then, on 25 January 2019 – following the Winter Seminar, Game Changers – we entered into partnership with the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History). This pooling of resources will further strengthen our mission to foster the study of nineteenth-century art and its contexts both at home and abroad, and in the academic and museum worlds. As you will see from the newsletter, we are well on our way to an exciting and fruitful year, and we hope to see many of you in June for our annual international conference, Frictions and Friendships. Cultural Encounters in the Nineteenth Century.

Rachel Esner
Chairperson



NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Out now!
“Alles voor Vincent – Het leven van Jo Van Gogh-Bongerby Hans Luijten Prometheus, 2019. €35,-

When the brothers passed away shortly after each other, Jo assumed responsibility for Van Gogh’s artistic legacy. From 1891 up to her death, she dedicated herself to raising awareness of Vincent’s art and letters.

Author Hans Luijten (Senior Researcher at the Van Gogh Museum) uses a wealth of source material to sketch the multifaceted life of this committed woman, who in the decades around 1900, acted decisively in a world dominated by men. Jo was not only active in the art and cultural sphere, but also in the Social Democratic Workers’ Party (the predecessor of the Labour Party) and the burgeoning women’s rights movement, which fought for better working conditions for women. Luijten: ‘Jo van Gogh-Bonger is perhaps not a household name, but she was a force to be reckoned with. I am delighted that we are now able to tell her life story in such detail’. More information

A digital edition of Jo’s diaries will also be published online.


Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art
Artists’ and Collectors’ Museums: Display, (Self-)Representation, Evolution

From 7-11 June 2020 (Research) MA students in Art History and related fields will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art seminar, sponsored by the Van Gogh Museum and the University of Amsterdam.

This year’s Visiting Fellow is Prof. Dario Libero Gamboni. University of Geneva, Switzerland. Gamboni completed his studies at the University of Lausanne and EHESS, Paris. He has pubished widely on various areas of nineteenth-century art history, with a focus on the period around 1900, including on the relationship between art and literature; iconoclasm and vandalism; the question of visual ambiguity; and the artists Paul Gauguin and Odilon Redon. One of his recent topics has been artists’ and collectors’ museums, the subject of this year’s seminar.

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RKD Talk: Leo Jansen
Hoe moeilijk kan het zijn? Over het publiceren van kunstenaarsbrieven
14 November (Dutch spoken)

Het RKD heeft duizenden kunstenaarsbrieven in zijn collectie. Brieven van kunstenaars zijn er in vele soorten en maten: van kattebelletjes tot klaagzangen, van verfbestellingen tot charme-offfensieven, van datumprikkers tot ontboezemingen, van artistiek credo’s tot condoleances. Zulke brieven brengen ons dichter bij hun leef- en belevingswereld en geven inzicht in hun ideeën, werkmethoden, inspiraties. Daarom kan het de moeite lonen ze te publiceren. Maar er komt nogal wat bij kijken voor we uit archieven opgediepte privéschrijfsels op een verantwoorde manier met een breder publiek kunnen delen: selecteren, lezen, transcriberen, vertalen, toelichten, inleiden, indexeren, website bouwen, boek drukken… Tijdens deze monumentenzorg van ons geschreven erfgoed moeten telkens keuzes worden gemaakt en beslissingen worden genomen. Deze RKD Talk neemt u mee naar de werkplaats.

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CFP – ESNA Congress 2020: Thinking in the Box
Deadline: 20 December, 2019
14-15 May 2020, RKD, Den Haag

Keynote: Liz Prettejohn (University of York)

Submission deadline: 20 December 2019
English spoken

Tradition is art history’s eternal Other: it is that which must be overcome, resisted, thrown off or, if a compromise must be made, creatively appropriated. The history of the art of the nineteenth century, that “great” age of innovation, progress and revolution, is more than any other rooted in anti-traditionalist sentiment, steeped in a rhetoric that privileges innovation and bound to narrative structures geared against artistic tradition. Modernist and other teleological histories of nineteenth-century art have always emphasised change and novelty. But even revisionist accounts of the art of the nineteenth century leave scarcely any room to consider tradition in its own right. These have generally either sung the aesthetic praises of traditional art without much further reflection, or have discussed academic art as innovative in another way, either within a traditional framework or in the sense that the art under consideration points forward to developments other than those associated with formal modernism.

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CFP – ESNA Winter Seminar 2020 Eyeopeners
Deadline: 14 november, 2019
31 januari 2020, RKD, Den Haag
Dutch spoken

In navolging van de vorige editie zal het zevende Winter Seminar van de European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art (ESNA) zich opnieuw richten op het onderzoeksveld zelf. Waar in 2019 twintig specialisten hun mijlpaalmoment hebben toegelicht en die game changers binnen het eigen vakgebied kritisch zijn geëvalueerd, wordt in de editie 2020 bevraagd wat in het verschiet ligt. De ‘new art history’ heeft een bepalende invloed gehad op het repertoire van enkele generaties kunsthistorici en daarmee op onderdelen van het curriculum van de huidige universitaire opleidingen. Veel van die ‘nieuwe’ onderzoekslijnen zijn intussen niet zo nieuw meer en hebben zich vermengd met bestaande, meer traditionele onderzoekspraktijken. Er is opnieuw nood aan innovatieve methodologische en theoretische benaderingen voor het onderzoeksveld. Wij leggen de bal ditmaal in het kamp van junior kunsthistorici, doctorandi en masterstudenten in de Kunstwetenschappen.

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CFP – Studiedag Historisch Interieur en Design
30 april 2020, Het Pand, Gent

Voor de Studiedag Historisch Interieur en Design kunnen voorstellen ingediend worden voor presentaties van lopend of recent afgerond onderzoek in het domein van de interieur-en designgeschiedenis. De focus ligt op de geschiedenis en praktijk van interieur en design in België/de Lage Landen, of in relatie tot deze regio. De studiedag wil in eerste instantie een forum bieden en een stimulans betekenen voor diverse vormen van onderzoek gevoerd in en over België en Nederland, en gaat daarom door in het Nederlands, hoewel uitzonderlijk ook presentaties in het Frans en Engels welkom zijn.

Beoogd is onderzoek gevoerd inacademische en museumcontext, alsook in de monumentenzorg en erfgoedsector. Ook de presentatie van artistiek ontwerpend onderzoekis welkom, eventueel in een alternatief format. Er wordt gestreefd naar een evenwichtig programma waarin diverse wetenschappelijke disciplines (bv. kunstgeschiedenis, architectuurgeschiedenis, geschiedenis, literatuurstudie, gender studies, enz.), diverse historische periodes, materies, en werkdomeinen aan bod komen, en waarin zowel senior als junior onderzoekers een forum krijgen.
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EXHIBITION
Monet: The Garden Paintings, Kunstmuseum Den Haag, The Hague.
12 October 2019 – 02 February 2020

Monet -The Garden Paintings will focus on the period 1900 to 1926. During this period of over a quarter of a century, Monet lived a secluded life on his property in Giverny, where he produced his renowned paintings of his own gardens. Over time, he depicted the gardens in an increasingly abstract style. Many art historians have wrongly attributed this stylistic change to failing eyesight. But in fact Monet – at the height of his career – was still exploring new artistic frontiers, which later had a major impact on artists like Rothko and Pollock. One of the few major Monet exhibitions in the Netherlands was in 1952, at the Gemeentemuseum. Monet – The Garden Paintings will be the first ever Dutch exhibition of this part of Monet’s oeuvre, and will star the Kunstmuseum’s own Wisteria alongside three of its six siblings.

Online tickets for Monet – The Garden Paintings will be available from 1 October 2019. During this exhibition, a supplement of €3.50 will be payable for entry to the museum. More information


NEW ESNAblog | How do we remember the past?
Exhibition review Black Models: from Géricault to Matisse
By Lisa Lambrechts – Curator in Training at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Aimé Mpané, Olympia II, 2013,
painting made on pieces of contreplaqué, Collection Gérard Valérius.

Read here…


Out now! XIX: Studies in 19th-Century Art and Visual Culture. Vol. 1
Herwig Todts, James Ensor, Occasional Modernist. Ensor’s artistic and social ideas and the interpretation of his art, Brepols Publishers, 2019


This book explores James Ensor’s writings, ideas and works in greater depth than they have hitherto enjoyed in art-historical scholarship.
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Out now! Studies in the History of Collecting & Art Markets, Vol. 6
Jan Dirk Baetens and Dries Lyna, Art Crossing Borders
The Internationalisation of the Art Market in the Age of Nation States, 1750-1914,
Brill, 2019


Art Crossing Borders offers a thought-provoking analysis of the internationalisation of the art market during the long nineteenth century.
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