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"The Most Hated Painting in 1840" Art History Lecture Series

April 16, 2019
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Fine Arts
Dishman Art Museum & Lecture Hall

In 1840, the artist Émile de Champmartin exhibited in Paris a painting with ten portraits of popular celebrities. This painting ignited a firestorm in the press, becoming the most hated work of art in 1840, and one of the most talked about portraits of the 19th century. Although it was the center of attention in 1840, this painting has not been considered by modern scholars. Sean DeLouche will discuss why this seemingly harmless painting earned the ridicule of Paris.

DeLouche currently teaches 18th and 19th century art history at Baylor University. He earned his B.A. degree in history and art history from the University of California, Davis and his M.A. and Ph.D in 19th Century art history from Ohio State University. He specializes in 19th century French art, especially Romanticism, portraiture, print culture and reception theory.

A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Dishman Art Museum.

Department of Art

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