Marilyn R. Brown
Professor Emerita

A specialist in nineteenth-century French art with a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College and an M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. from Yale University, Marilyn R. Brown has published essays in Art Bulletin, Art in America, Art Journal, Arts Magazine, Burlington Magazine, CAA. Reviews, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Studies in the History of Art, Woman’s Art Journal, and various exhibition catalogues, encyclopedias, and anthologies. She is author of The ‘Gamin de Paris’ in Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture: Delacroix, Hugo, and the French Social Imaginary (Routledge, 2017), Degas and the Business of Art: A Cotton Office in New Orleans (Penn State Press/CAA Monograph, 1994; reissued in 2010 as an ACLS Humanities E-Book), Gypsies and Other Bohemians: The Myth of the Artist in Nineteenth-Century France (UMI Research Press, Avant-Garde Series, 1985), and editor of, and contributor to, Picturing Children: Constructions of Childhood Between Rousseau and Freud (Ashgate, 2002). Her article "'Miss La La's' Teeth: Reflections on Degas and 'Race'," The Art Bulletin (December 2007) received two awards. Recent publications include a chapter “Degas’s New Orleanian Spaces,” in Sweet Spots: In-Between Spaces in New Orleans (University Press of Mississippi, 2018) and two essays in a book on twentieth-century American abstract artist Alice Trumbull Mason (Rizzoli, 2020). She is professor emerita at the University of Colorado, Boulder and at Tulane University, New Orleans, where an undergraduate art history prize in the Newcomb Art Department has recently been named in her honor.