History of 19th century art (1848-1914): evaluation and perspectives


Where are we with the history of art in the 19th century? In an attempt to answer this question, the Musée d'Orsay and the École du Louvre will bring together researchers from all over the world for three days. Twenty years after the opening of the Musée d'Orsay, an event which provoked a major discussion on the re-evaluation of artistic movements, this seemed an opportune moment for experts from all areas to look at the major advances and new perspectives in the understanding of art between 1848 and 1914, and to compare their ideas on the progress achieved in their specialist areas.

The organisers wished to avoid centring the discussions on the Musée d'Orsay in particular. So it was suggested that established figures in the relevant fields plan and lead the different sessions. There will be ten sessions in all. Six sessions will take place simultaneously enabling specialists in a particular field to meet up, put forward their recent work, to compare approaches between the various countries and to look at new questions raised by recent research. The others will be plenary sessions, on four major themes: The history of taste and critical reception. Which museums for which period of art history? Artist, career, institutions; New subjects, new approaches.

Organised by the Musée d'Orsay and the Ecole du Louvre, with the participation of the INHA

13 - 15 September 2007
Musée d'Orsay

and Ecole du Louvre

Communications in French and English, with simultaneous translation

Forum for young researchers

Before this event, the Institut national d'histoire de l'art, whose main aim is to promote research into the history of art, is organising a session for young researchers whose work relates to art between 1848-1914. As a prelude to the main symposium, whose aim is to offer an all-encompassing view of studies carried out during this 20 year period, the forum will look at the current dynamics of research in France. The propositions are distinguished by the richness and variety of the subjects chosen, from Maurice Denis to Rodin, including subjects as diverse as wallpaper, museum curators and art critics. The talks will be grouped around two themes: the definition of styles and artistic techniques; the history of institutions and critical reception.

  • Nicolas Buchaniec (Université Charles de Gaulle Lille III)
  • Jérémie Cerman (Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne)
  • Claire Garcia (École du Louvre - Université Paris X-Nanterre)
  • Sarah Linford (Université Clermont-Ferrand II)
  • Géraldine Masson (Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne)
  • Barbara Musetti (Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne)
  • Saskia Ooms (Université Paris X-Nanterre)
  • Guillaume Peigné (Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne)
  • Guénola Stork (Université Paris X-Nanterre)
  • Cécile Thézerais (Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne)
Thu 13 September 2007 - 09h00
Musée d'Orsay

Morning at the INHA

Afternoon at the Musée d'Orsay auditorium, level -2

History of taste and critical reception

Conceived and chaired by: Pascal Griener, lecturer at the Université de Neuchâtel

  • Roland Recht, lecturer, Collège de France
  • Cathleen Hoeniger, assistant professor, Queen's University
  • Dominique Jarrassé, lecturer, Université de Bordeaux III-Michel de Montaigne
  • Linda Whiteley, lecturer, Oxford University
  • Dianne Sachko Macleod, lecturer, University of California
Thu 13 September 2007 - 14h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

Which museums for which history of art?

Conceived and chaired by: Thomas Gaehtgens, director of the Centre allemand d'histoire de l'art in Paris

  • James Cuno, curator, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Werner Hofmann, former director of the Kunsthalle in Hamburg
  • Michael Conforti, director, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
  • Peter Klaus Schuster, director general of museums in Berlin
  • Uwe Fleckner, lecturer, University of Hamburg
  • Sylvie Ramond, director, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
Fri 14 September 2007 - 09h00

Ecole du Louvre


Conceived and chaired by: Richard Brettell, professor, University of Dallas

  • Pierre Georgel, general curator, Musée de l'Orangerie
  • Linda Nochlin, professor, University of New York
  • Anthea Callen, professor, Nottingham University
  • Richard Thomson, professor, Edinburgh University
  • Douglas Druick, curator, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Eric Darragon, professor, Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne


Graphic Arts

Conceived and chaired by: Stephen Bann, professor, Bristol University

  • Henri Zerner, professor, Harvard University
  • Jon Whiteley, curator, Ashmolean Museum in Oxford
  • Perre-Lin Renié, curator, Musée Goupil
  • Marc Gottlieb, professor, University of Toronto
  • Sophie Bobet-Mezzasalma, curator, Bibliothèque nationale de France



Conceived and chaired by: Anne Pingeot, general curator, Musée d'Orsay

  • Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, director, Institut national d'histoire de l'art de Paris
  • Bernhardt Maaz, curator, National Gallery of Berlin
  • Flavio Fergonzi, art historian
  • June Hargrove, professor, University of Maryland
  • Penelope Curtis, director of the Henry Moore Foundation in Leeds and Martina Droth, head of research at the Henry Moore Foundation


Decorative arts

Conceived and chaired by: Kathryn B. Hiesinger, curator, Philadelphia museum

  • Simon Jervis, emeritus director, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Hans Ottomeyer, director, Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin
  • Christian Witt-Dorring, emeritus curator, Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna
  • Anne Dion, curator in the Département des Objets d'art, Musée du Louvre
  • Martin Eidelberg, emeritus professor, Rutgers University, New York
  • Maria Paola Maino, director, Archivio delle Arti Applicate Italiane del XX secolo in Rome



Conceived and chaired by: Bruno Foucart, emeritus professor, Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne

  • Barry Bergdoll, curator, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Jean-Michel Leniaud, professor, Ecole nationale des Chartes, director of research, École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), Paris
  • Stephan Muthesius, professor, University of East Anglia in Norwich



Conceived and chaired by: Michel Frizot, director of research at the CNRS

  • Sarah Greenough, curator, National Gallery of Washington
  • Mattie Boom, curator, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
  • Bodo von Dewitz, curator, Museum Ludwig in Cologne
  • Kevin Moore, professor, Princeton University
  • Ann McCawley, professor, Princeton University
  • Sylvie Aubenas, senior curator, Bibliothèque nationale de France
Fri 14 September 2007 - 14h00

Ecole du Louvre

Artist, career, institutions

Conceived and chaired by: Pierre Vaisse, emeritus professor, Geneva University

  • David Van Zanten, Mary Jane Crowe, professor, Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Wolf Tegethoff, director of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte
  • Michel Poivert, professor, Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne
  • Nathalie Heinich, director of research, CNRS
  • Christine Peltre, professor, Université de Strasbourg
Sat 15 September 2007 - 09h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

New subjects, new approaches

Conceived and chaired by: Michael Zimmermann, professor, University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt

  • Ségolène Le Men, professor, Université de Paris X-Nanterre
  • Dario Gamboni, professor, University of Geneva
  • Ulrich Pohlmann, director, Photomuseum, Münchener Stadtmuseum
  • Maria Grazia Messina, professor, Università degli Studi in Florence
  • Hubertus Kohle, professor, Institut für Kunstgeschichte at the University of Munich
Sat 15 September 2007 - 14h00
Musée d'Orsay

auditorium level -2

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