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2016 ESNA Winter Seminar
Digital Humanities: Wat heeft de 19de eeuw eraan? / What’s in it for the 19th century?
The Hague, RKD: 29 January 2016

2016 ESNA Conference
City of Sin: Representing the Urban Underbelly in the Nineteenth Century
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum: 19-20 May 2016

Conference program to be announced soon.


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Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art
5-10 June 2016

The Low Life of Paris and the High Culture of France
Some Themes and Questions, 1850-1914

This year, the University of Amsterdam and the Van Gogh Museum will welcome their 10th Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth Century Art. For this special anniversary, we have once again invited Professor Dr. Richard Thomson, Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art (University of Edinburgh), who was the very first Visiting Fellow in the academic year 2006-07. The seminar will take place in conjunction with two major exhibitions in Amsterdam this spring – Easy Virtue (Van Gogh Museum) and Girls in Kimono. The Breitner Variations (Rijksmuseum) – as well as the annual conference of the European Society of Nineteenth-Century Art (ESNA), City of Sin: Representing the Urban Underbelly in the Nineteenth Century (Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, 19-20 May 2016).

Under the title The Low Life of Paris and the High Culture of France. Some Themes and Questions, 1850-1914, Professor Thomson will explore the darker side of nineteenth-century life, art and culture, focusing on the representation of “low life” in French art and the meanings such images carried with them. How did artists deal with the new underbelly of Paris, so much a part of Baudelaire’s modernité? What stylistic means did they employ, and how might these be interpreted in the light of the social and political circumstances of the time?

A public introductory lecture entitled Actuality and Artifice: Representations of Prostitution by Anquetin, Bernard and Toulouse-Lautrec, 1886-1900, will take place at the Van Gogh Museum on Sunday, 5 June at 2 p.m. The seminar meetings will take place at the Van Gogh Museum on 6, 8 and 10 June. A guided visit to the exhibition Easy Virtue will also be included.

Auditors are welcome! Interested in attending? Please contact Dr. Rachel Esner: r.esner@uva.nl for more information and the course manual (please put “VGM Visiting Fellow” in the subject line)

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, 1 February 2016


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