About ESNA

The new academic year has begun and so has ESNA’s new season. It promises to be an exciting year, with many inspiring activities. As always, we will organize the annual international ESNA conference in the late spring of 2019, which will focus on cultural encounters in the nineteenth century (the Call for Papers is now open!), and the Winter Seminar on the last Friday in January. This year’s Winter Seminar will be entitled Game Changers. Speakers will be invited to discuss an exhibition or publication that has changed the study of nineteenth-century art over the last thirty years. More information about this and other events will follow soon, so keep an eye on our website and newsletters to stay up to date!

We look forward to greeting you at one of our upcoming events!


CFP: ESNA 2019 Conference 
Frictions and friendships. Cultural encounters in the nineteenth century

The Hague, Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD): 19 & 20 June 2019

Submission deadline: 01 January 2019

The exhibition The Dutch in Paris, which was on show in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and in the Petit Palais, Paris during the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 respectively, aimed to visualize the artistic exchange between Dutch and French artists between 1789 and 1914. As part of a larger research project, set up by the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, the exhibition generated so much response that ESNA, in collaboration with the RKD and NWO, decided to organize an international conference on the subject, focusing specifically on international as well as national and local points of encounter and how they facilitated artistic exchange.

For this conference, we welcome papers in English, French or German which discuss the role of encounters, how they came about and how they facilitated artistic exchange during the long nineteenth century. We specifically welcome papers that present the mechanisms and prerequisites which make a site, a person or an institution an effective point of encounter, with a special focus on the contextual, theoretical and methodological aspects.

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Save the date! ESNA Winter Seminar
Friday 25 January 2019, 13.00-18.30
RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague

(Dutch spoken)Het onderzoek naar de kunst uit de negentiende eeuw is drastisch veranderd tijdens de afgelopen decennia. Met de opkomst van de new art history in de jaren 1970, werden marxistische, feministische, postkoloniale, freudiaanse en andere onderzoeksperspectieven toegevoegd aan het repertoire van de kunsthistoricus. Veel van deze nieuwe onderzoekslijnen evolueerden ook verder en vermengden zich met bestaande, meer traditionele onderzoekspraktijken. Ook vandaag pogen kunsthistorici om innovatieve methodologische en theoretische benaderingen van hun onderzoeksveld te ontwerpen of te combineren met bestaande perspectieven.Dit voortdurende project van disciplinaire vernieuwing is een voorwerp van kritiek, waarbij het wordt weggezet als het product van een modieuze academische progressistische schijnlogica, maar ook de kern van de reflectie op het eigen vak die de bestaansvoorwaarde is van elke levende en relevante wetenschappelijke discipline. Tijdens het zesde winterseminarie van de European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art proberen we daarom het kaf van het koren te scheiden.Meer informatie..

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 
Apply now for the Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme!  

Application deadline: 20 January 2019

The Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme is open to the new generation of museum professionals: inquisitive specialists who will further develop understanding of Netherlandish art, history and museology for the future.

We welcome international, independent research proposals which open new perspectives on the Rijksmuseum’s collection, its history and activities. The purpose of the Fellowship Programme is to encourage and support scholarly investigation, and to contribute to academic discourses while strengthening bonds between the museum and universities. The programme enables highly talented candidates to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum, and offers access to the museum’s expertise, collections, library and laboratories. Furthermore, the programme facilitates opportunities for Fellows to engage in workshops and excursions to encourage exchange of knowledge – both amongst themselves and the broader museum audience.

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Touring Belgium – A Nation’s Patrimony in Print, ca. 1795-1914
Ghent University Vandenhove Centre for Architecture and Art

Rozier 1, 9000 Gent
Vrijdag 23 november 2018

Op vrijdag 23 november 2018 organiseert de Vakgroep Architectuur en Stedenbouw van de Universiteit Gent samen met de Chair for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta, D-Arch) aan de ETH Zürich een studiedag rond noties van het Belgisch patrimonium gedurende de lange negentiende eeuw. Bijzondere nadruk ligt op het architecturale erfgoed en in welke mate verschillende gedrukte media – van reisverslagen en albums tot gidsen en dagbladen – hebben bijgedragen aan het activeren van dit patrimonium in België en daarbuiten. Een keynote lecture zal verzorgd worden door professor Tom Verschaffel.

Meer informatie en registratie..

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The Rijksmuseum acquired a painting by Jan Verkade 

The Zaandam painter Jan Verkade was a member of Les Nabis, a group of French painters around Paul Gauguin in Brittany. They had a marked preference for subjects taken from traditional village life, and worked in a colourful, stylized manner. In 1892 Verkade left for Fiesole in Italy, where he would live for three years. His memories of Brittany and appreciation of 15th-century Italian painting resulted in this charming ‘Breton Madonna.’
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EXHIBITIONS

From Mucha to Gauguin & Laval in Martinique, ESNA rounds up a selection of exhibitions in Europe to visit this autumn.

Horta & Wolfers. Reopening of the Wolfers Frères jewellery store, 1912
Royal Museum of Art and History, Brussels
29 November 2017 – 30 December 2018
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Art Nouveau in the Netherlands
Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
21 April 2018 – 28 October 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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Impressionists in London. French artists in exile, 1870-1904
Petit Palais, Paris
21 June 2018 – 14 October 2018
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From Gauguin to Toorop. The Groninger Museum as our guest
Museum Gouda, Gouda
20 July 2018 – 6 January 2019
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From Courbet to Israels: a visit from Museum Gouda
Groninger Museum, Groningen
30 July 2018 – 6 January 2019
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Alphonse Mucha
Musée du Luxembourg, Paris
12 September 2018 – 27 January 2019
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Claude Monet
Albertina, Vienna
22 September 2018 – 6 January 2019
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Impressionism: The Art of Life
The Lightbox, Woking
29 September 2018 – 13 January 2019
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Gauguin & Laval in Martinique
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
5 October 2018 – 13 January 2019
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De Louis Ghémar à James Ensor. Zwanze, fantaisie & burlesque
Musée Félicien Rops, Namur
20 October 2018 – 17 February 2019
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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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