Comprising some 430 letters, this selection of correspondence by the French painter Emile Bernard (1868- 1941) highlights one of the most complex and little known artists of the modern period. As a young member of the Parisian avant-garde during the 1880s, Bernard frequented Gauguin, Van Gogh, Anquetin and Redon before abandoning France for the Middle East in 1893. While there, he rejected modern art and became an outspoken champion of traditional values, for which he continued to fight after returning to Europe in 1904. Lively and intelligent, Bernard’s letters are rich in observations on his own art and the ideas that inspired it, as well as in critical assessments of his contemporaries. Bernard’s correspondence offers remarkable insights into the artist’s life and into the period during which he worked. It is destined to become an essential source for understanding modernist and anti-modernist currents during a period crucial to the history of French art.
This is an updated and significantly expanded translation of my 1993 Princeton monograph Dreams of Happiness.
Article on books written by the socialist art historian on the history of French art and directed at a juvenile audience in the years around 1914. Investigates the status of "art national" in the light of broader currents within popular contemporary art-historical writings, and textbooks produced for use in the secondary schools of the Third Republic.
Interview with Nathalie Jungermann on the correspondence of Emile Bernard.
A round-table discussions on methodological issues relating to art and state power.
Introductory essay to catalogue of an exhibition I have organized at the INHA, opening January 26, 2012
Article on contemporary American patriotic art (Thomas Kinkade, John McNaughton etc) to appear in special article on "Culture visuelle"
Study of the role of tradition, nostalgia and nationalism in caricatural publications of fin-de-siècle 'cabarets artistiques' in Montmartre
Critical study of Emile Bernard's attitude towards critical writings of the novelist Octave Mirbeau, based on two unpublished letters by Bernard.
A discussion of artists' attempts to organize professionally in mid-nineteenth-century France and to play an active role in the state's commissioning of work for public monuments and museums.
Discussion of the political critique of Romanticism, notably on the French right, and its impact on art-historical assessments of the movement during the first half of the 20th century.
Volume currently under review with the Presses universitaires de Rennes. Co-production with the Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris
Catalog of an exhibition curated by N. McWilliam in the Salle Roberto Longhi, Galerie Colbert, Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris. Comprises two articles by N. McWilliam, and contributions by Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, Laura Karp-Lugo, and Dominique Morelon.
Volume of essays covering aspects of the historiography of art history in France from the 1890s to the 4th Republic. Based upon a series of colloquia organized for the Institut national d'histoire de l'art.
Essay collection on the historiography of the social history of art.
Currently under review at the Presses Universitaires de Rennes. Co-production with the Institut national d'histoire de l'art
Turkish translation of "Dreams of Happiness. Social Art and the French Left 1830-1850" (Princeton University Press, 1993)