Julia Bloch Frey taught at CU Boulder from 1976-2001, taking early retirement in 2002. She also taught at Yale University, Brown University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Université de Paris I.
Frey holds a BA from Antioch College, MA from the University of Texas at Austin, MPhil and PhD in French literature from Yale University. She was originally trained as an artist and puppeteer. From 1972-74 she studied printmaking with S.W. Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris.
Her field of scholarly research is 19th and 20th century French culture. Her biography of the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Toulouse-Lautrec, a life, 1994) won the 1995 Pen Center USA West Literary Award in nonfiction and was a finalist for the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award in biography. The New York Timesnamed it one of the notable books of 1995.
Frey curated the exhibitions Toulouse-Lautrec in the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Denver Art Museum (1999) and Toulouse-Lautrec, uno sguardo dentro la vita at the Museo Vittoriano in Rome (2003-2004). She has also written catalogue essays for Toulouse-Lautrec exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The San Diego Museum of Art, etc. and published work on Gustave Flaubert, George Sand and other 19th century cultural icons.
She continues professional life as an independent scholar: writing, lecturing and consulting with museums. From 2007 until 2011 she wrote "Amuse-Bouche" (a monthly humor column on French language) for the magazine France Today and for the website of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. In 2011 she published Balcony View, a 9/11 Diary: an account of living in an apartment at 'ground zero' during and after the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center. Her most recent book [working title: 'Edouard Vuillard and the art of secrecy'], is due out in 2017 (Reaktion Books, UK).
Frey lives in Paris and Vallauris, France. Mailing address:
Mme Julia NOLET
16 rue Mabillon
75006, Paris, France