Neil McWilliam

Neil Finlay McWilliam

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Art and Art History

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Oxford (UK) 1985

  • B.A., University of Oxford (UK) 1976

Overview

Neil McWilliam received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. His publications include Dreams of Happiness. Social Art & the French Left 1830-1850 (with a revised translation in French, 2007) and Monumental Intolerance, Jean Baffier, A Nationalist Sculptor in fin-de-siècle France and A Bibliography of Salon Criticism in Paris from the July Monarchy to the Second Republic 1831-1851 . His research focuses on the visual culture of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France, and in particular, on public sculpture, the Academy, art criticism, and the inter- relationship between aesthetics and political ideologies during the period. In recent years, McWilliam has published widely on the relationship between conservative politics and the arts in France, exploring the impact of nationalist groupings on artistic production, critical writing and art history in the decades before the First World War. His ongoing interest in the career of Symbolist painter Emile Bernard involves a particular focus on this artist's turn in the 1890s towards a strongly traditionalist artistic practice, and its ramifications for understanding the relationship between tradition and innovation in fin-de-siècle French art.

Expertise

History of art criticism, historiography and history of aesthetics, history of sculpture, 19th century French cultural and intellectual history

Projects

The Aesthetics of Reaction
I am currently completing a study that explores the complex relationship between nationalism, traditionalism and the critique of modern culture in France in the decades... read more »
Nationalism and French Visual Culture, 1870-1914
Between its defeat in the Franco-Prussian War and the outbreak of World War I, France experienced a tremendous rise in populist nationalism, the aftershocks of which can... read more »
Les lettres d'un artiste (1884-1941)
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... read more »
A Bibliography of Salon Criticism in Paris from the July Monarchy to the Second Republic, 1831-1851: Volume 2
This bibliography provides a source for reviews of the state-sponsored Parisian exhibitions of painting and sculpture (Salons) held during the July Monarchy and Second... read more »
Lines of Attack: Conflicts in Caricature
Lines of Attack raises broad questions about the nature of political caricature by juxtaposing two distinct historical moments in the development of the medium: its emergence... read more »

McWilliam, N. F. Dreams of Happiness. Social Art and the French Left 1830-1850. Princeton University Press, 1993.

Hogarth. Studio Editions, London, 1993.

McWilliam, N. F., and V. Sekules, editors. Life and Landscape: The Photographs of P.H. Emerson. Sainsbury Center of Visual Arts, 1986.

McWilliam, N. F., et al. L’Histoire sociale de l’art. Les Presses du reel.

Pages

McWilliam, N. F. “David d’Angers et la socialisation de l’exemplarité.” L’Art Social En France de La Révolution à La Grande Guerre, edited by Neil McWilliam et al., 2012.

McWilliam, N. F. “Avant-garde Anti-Modernism: Caricature and Cabaret Culture in Fin-de-siècle Montmartre.” L’art de La Caricature, edited by Ségolène Le Men, Presses universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2011, pp. 275–95.

McWilliam, N. F. “Comment peindre un tableau fouriériste.” <em>Charles Fourier – l’écart Absolu</Em>, Musée des beaux-arts, 2010, pp. 50–65.

McWilliam, N. F. “Qui a peur de George Sand? Antiromantisme et antiféminisme chez les maurrassiens.” <em>L’Action Française et La Culture</Em>, edited by N. F. McWilliam et al., Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2010, pp. 173–84.

McWilliam, N. F. “’Michel Melot et l’historiographie de Daumier’.” L’Histoire Sociale de l’art, edited by Philippe Bordes, Les Presses du réel, 2010.

McWilliam, N. F. “’L’energie de la race’: La Provence dans la critique d’art de Joachim Gasquet.” Visages de La Provence, edited by Valerie Minogue and Patrick Pollard, Emile Zola Society, 2009, pp. 165–77.

McWilliam, N. F. “’Au-delà de la "République des arts": les artistes, l’étate et le marché au XIXe siècle’.” Faire Art Comme on Fait Société. Les Nouveaux Commanditaires, edited by Christian Joschke, Les Presses du réel, 2009, pp. 515–32.

McWilliam, N. F. “Emile Bernard’s Reactionary Idealism.” Academics, Pompiers, Official Artists and the Arrière-Garde: Defining Modern & Traditional in France 1900-1960, edited by N. Adamson and T. Norris, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009, pp. 25–49.

McWilliam, N. “The Culture of Nationalism.” Nations and Nationalism in Global Perspective: An Encyclopedia of Origins, Developments and Contemporary Transitions, edited by Guntram Herb, 2008.

McWilliam, N. F. “‘Erudition et engagement politique: la double vie de Louis Dimier’.” L’Histoire de l’histoire de l’art En France Au XIXe Siècle, edited by R. Recht et al., La Documentation française, 2008, pp. 403–17.

Pages

McWilliam, Neil. “Monuments, Martyrdom, and the Politics of Religion in the French Third Republic.” The Art Bulletin, vol. 77, no. 2, JSTOR, June 1995, pp. 186–186. Crossref, doi:10.2307/3046097. Full Text

McWilliam, N. “Baroque in Croatia. Zagreb, Museum of Arts and Crafts.” The Burlington Magazine, vol. 135, no. 1087, 1993, pp. 712–13. Manual, doi:10.2307/885765. Full Text

McWilliam, N. F. “Presse, journalistes et critique d'art à Paris de 1849 à 1860.” Quarante Huit/Quatorze, Annual Publication of the Musée D’Orsay, vol. 5, 1993.

McWilliam, N. F. “Opinions professionnelles: critique d'art et économie de la culture sous la Monarchie de juillet.” Romantisme, vol. 71, 1991, pp. 19–30.

MCWILLIAM, N. “Limited Revisions: Academic Art History Confronts Academic Art.” Oxford Art Journal, vol. 12, no. 2, Oxford University Press (OUP), Jan. 1989, pp. 71–86. Crossref, doi:10.1093/oxartj/12.2.71. Full Text

McWilliam, N. F. “Art, Labour, and Mass Democracy: Debates on the Status of the Artist in France around 1848.” Art History: Journal of the Association of Art Historians, vol. 11, no. 1, Mar. 1988, pp. 64–87.

MELOT, M. “Daumier and Art History: Aesthetic Judgement/Political Judgement.” Oxford Art Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, Oxford University Press (OUP), Jan. 1988, pp. 3–24. Crossref, doi:10.1093/oxartj/11.1.3. Full Text

McWilliam, N. F. “Objets retrouvés.” Art History: Journal of the Association of Art Historians, vol. 10, no. 1, Wiley, Mar. 1987.

McWILLIAM, N. “The Sculptor of Modern Life.” Oxford Art Journal, vol. 10, no. 1, Oxford University Press (OUP), Jan. 1987, pp. 102–05. Crossref, doi:10.1093/oxartj/10.1.102. Full Text

CHAUDONNERET, M. .. C. “1848: 'La Republique des Arts'.” Oxford Art Journal, vol. 10, no. 1, Oxford University Press (OUP), Jan. 1987, pp. 59–70. Crossref, doi:10.1093/oxartj/10.1.59. Full Text

Pages

Spring 2019

Honors Thesis Workshop (ARTHIST 495S.01)
Smith Wrhs A101, W 08:30 AM-11:00 AM
The Symbolist Movement (ARTHIST 741S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Honors Thesis Workshop (ARTSVIS 495S.01)
Smith Wrhs A101, W 08:30 AM-11:00 AM
Honors Thesis Workshop (VMS 495S.01)
Smith Wrhs A101, W 08:30 AM-11:00 AM
The Symbolist Movement (VMS 741S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Fall 2018

Exploring Art and Architecture (ARTHIST 104.01)
Rubenstein 131, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Spring 2018

Nationalism and Visual Culture (ARTHIST 704S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Nationalism and Visual Culture (VMS 704S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Fall 2017

Exploring Art and Architecture (ARTHIST 104.01)
Nasher 105, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Fall 2016

Methodology of Art Hst (ARTHIST 543S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Spring 2016

The Symbolist Movement (ARTHIST 541S.01)
West Duke 106, Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Fall 2015

Methodology of Art Hst (ARTHIST 543S.01)
East Duke 204A, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Spring 2015

Artist in Film (ARTHIST 350.001)
East Duke 204A, Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Goya and David (ARTHIST 703S.01)
East Duke 204A, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Artist in Film (VMS 343.001)
East Duke 204A, Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Fall 2014

Methodology of Art Hst (ARTHIST 543S.01)
Smith 101, Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Spring 2014

European Art 1760-1850 (ARTHIST 278.01)
East Duke 204A, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Nationalism and Visual Culture (ARTHIST 704S.01)
East Duke 204A, W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM