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., et al., editors. Histoires sociales de l'art. Une anthologie critique. Vol. 1 & 2, Les Presses du réel, 2016.

McWilliam, N. F. L’Histoire de l’art en France 1890-1950: Acteurs, institutions, enjeux. Les Presses du réel/ Institut national d’histoire de l’art, 2014.

McWilliam, N. F. L’Histoire sociale de l’art. Edited by Neil McWilliam et al., Les Presses du réel/ Institut national d’histoire de l’art, 2013.

McWilliam, N. F. Emile Bernard: Les Lettres d’un artiste (1884-1941). Les Presses du réel, 2012.

Bernard, Emile, and Neil McWilliam. Émile Bernard, au-delà de Pont-Aven. 2012.

McWilliam, N. F., et al. L’Action française et la culture. Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2010.

McWilliam, N., editor. Lines of Attack. Duke University Press, 2010.

McWilliam, N., and J. Hargrove, editors. Nationalism and French Visual Culture, 1870-1914. National Gallery of Art (Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts), 2005.

Pages

McWilliam, N. F. “Michel Melot et l’historiographie d’Honoré Daumier.” L’Histoire Sociale de l’art, edited by R. Froissart et al., Les Presses du reel, 2015.

McWilliam, N. F. “La Bataille romantique 1900-1950.” L’Histoire de l’art En France 1890-1950: Acteurs, Institutions, Enjeux, edited by Michela Passini and N. McWilliam, Les Presses du reel, 2014.

McWilliam, N. F. “Au-delà de la ’République des arts’: les artistes, l’état et le marché au 19e siècle.” Faire Art Comme on Fait Société. Les Nouveaux Commanditaires, edited by Christian Joschke, Les Presses du réel, 2013, pp. 515–32.

McWilliam, N. F. “Patrie et pédagogie: l’art national selon Léon Rosenthal.” Léon Rosenthal (1870-1932), Militant, Critique et Historien de l’art, Editions Hermann, 2013, pp. 209–22.

McWilliam, N. F. “A Sense of Place. Representing the Region in Nineteenth-Century France.” Impressionist France. Le Gray to Monet, edited by Simon Kelly, Saint Louis Art Museum, 2013, pp. 53–65.

McWilliam, N. F. “’L’Epoque n’a pas d’âme’. Critiques et chrétiens au Salon pendant la monarchie de juillet.” La Critique d’art de La Révolution à La Monarchie de Juillet: Enjeux et Pratiques, edited by Lucie Lachenal and Catherine Méneux, 2013.

McWilliam, N. F. “Le Romantisme comme enjeu.” L’Histoire de l’art En France 1890-1950: Acteurs, Institutions, Enjeux, edited by N. F. NeilMcWilliam and Michela Passini, Les Presses du réel/ Institut national d’histoire de l’art, 2013.

McWilliam, N. F. “How to change the world: Claude-Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-Simon.” Utopian Moments: Reading Utopian Texts, edited by J. C. Davis and Miguel Angel Ramiro Avilés, Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2012, pp. 106–12.

McWilliam, N. F. “Au-delà de Pont-Aven: A la poursuite d’Emile Bernard.” Emile Bernard: Au-Delà de Pont-Aven, edited by Neil McWilliam, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, 2012, pp. 5–23.

McWilliam, N. F. “’Ténébreux compagnons de toute solitude’: Emile Bernard et la littérature.” Emile Bernard: Au-Delà de Pont-Aven, edited by Neil McWilliam, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, 2012, pp. 27–53.

Pages

McWilliam, Neil. “On Reading Histoire de l’art as an Anglo-Saxon.” Histoire De L’Art, no. 83, 2018.

McWilliam, Neil. “Towards a New French Renaissance: Memory, Tradition and Cultural Conservatism in France before the First World War.” Art History, vol. 40, no. 4, Wiley, Sept. 2017, pp. 724–43. Crossref, doi:10.1111/1467-8365.12339. Full Text

Michaud, Éric, et al. “Art, État et idéologies aux xixe et xxe siècles.” Perspective, no. 1, OpenEdition, June 2012, pp. 41–55. Crossref, doi:10.4000/perspective.484. Full Text

McWilliam, N. F. “A la recherche de l'Amérique profonde: l'art patriotique contemporain et l'idée de communauté nationale.” Histoire De L’Art, no. 70, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, 2012, pp. 95–107.

McWilliam, N. F. “Emile Bernard, Vincent van Gogh et Octave Mirbeau: Critique de la critique.” Cahiers Octave Mirbeau, no. 18, Mar. 2011, pp. 169–77.

McWilliam, Neil. “Action francaise, classicism, and the dilemmas of traditionalism in France, 1900-1914.” Studies in the History of Art, vol. 68, 2005, pp. 269-+.

McWilliam, N. F. “Une Esthétique révolutionnaire? La Politique de l’Art social. Aux alentours de 1820-1850’.” Arts Et Sociétés, Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po, Dec. 2004.

McWilliam, N. “Conflicting Manifestations: Parisian Commemoration of Joan of Arc and Etienne Dolet in the Early Third Republic.” French Historical Studies, vol. 27, no. 2, Duke University Press, Apr. 2004, pp. 381–418. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00161071-27-2-381. Full Text

McWilliam, N. F. “Exercises de style. La Critique devant les Envois de Rome 1800-1873.” D’Ingres À Degas. Rome Et Les Artistes Français 1803 1873, Académie de France, Rome, 2003, pp. 139–49.

McWilliam, Neil F. “Champagne Socialism: Luxury in Fourier's Utopia.” Modern and Contemporary France, vol. 9, no. 2, May 2001, pp. 149–60.

Pages

Dunlap, C. Preface. 2016.

McWilliam, N. F., and N. Jungerman. “Entretien avec Neil McWilliam.” Florilettres, no. 136, Fondation de la Poste, July 2012, pp. 2–17.

McWilliam, N. F. Emile Bernard: Au-delà de Pont-Aven. Edited by Neil McWilliam, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Jan. 2012, pp. 118–118.

McWilliam, N. F. Sanat/Utopya. Mutluluk Hayalleri: Sosyal Sanat ve Fransiz solu (1830-1850). Iletisim Yayinlari, Nov. 2011, pp. 570pp.-570pp.

McWilliam, N. “'Un enterrement à Paris': Courbet's Political Contacts in 1845.” The Burlington Magazine, vol. 125, no. 960, 1983, pp. 155–57. Manual, doi:10.2307/881205. Full Text

Emile Bernard. Au-delà de Pont-Aven. Creator. (2012)

Abstract

Exhibition of the work of French Symbolist painter Emile Bernard (1868-1941), bringing together graphic works, painting, illustrated books, letters, photographs, and personal documentation, drawn from the collections of the Bibliothèque de l'INHA (Fondation Jacques Doucet), the Archives des musées de France (Louvre), the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and a private collection (France).69 items; catalogue published (118 pp.).

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