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Lecture: A New Lens on 19th-Century Art

April 1, 2016
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission

On Friday, April 1, George Shackelford, deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum, will present a keynote lecture to kick-off the public symposium slated to take place the following day (April 2).

Watch a live stream of the lecture.

In the last forty years, partnerships between historians and scientists—between curators and professors on the one hand and conservators and technical experts on the other—have revolutionized the ways in which we understand works of art.  No field has benefited more from this new approach than the arts of the late 19th century.  George Shackelford, an expert on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, sculpture, and graphic arts, will discuss the evolution of these new methods of investigation over the course of a career of close observation.  

 From Degas: The Dancers in 1984, to Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye in 2015, Shackelford has spent nearly four decades watching the study of 19th-century art evolve. He has led or contributed to exhibitions and publications on Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and many more. Among his many honors, in 2005 the Republic of France elected Shackelford a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

A partial X-ray view of Vincent van Gogh’s The Bedroom (detail), 1889. Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.