On Wednesday, March 22, Margaret Werth, associate professor of art history at the University of Delaware, will give a lecture on 19th- and 20th-century French paintings as part of CU Boulder's Visiting Scholar Program.
Werth's area of interest is art and visual culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and her research and teaching are interdisciplinary and intermedial.
Her book The Joy of Life: The Idyllic in French Art, circa 1900, published in 2002, explores dreamlike representations of mythic community, individual fantasy, utopianism and joie de vivre in French painting from 1890 to 1917. Artists such as Henri Matisse, Paul Signac, Puvis de Chavannes, Paul Cézanne and Henri-Edmond Cross figure prominently in her book and are discussed in relation to contemporary political, literary, psychological and philosophical discourses.
She has also published works on Monet, Picasso, Matisse, Redon and Manet. Werth's current book projects study Manet’s work of the early 1870s and his collaborations and friendship with Mallarmé, as well as the representation of the face in diverse media, circa 1900.
Her research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts and the Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art research center in Paris, France.
Werth received her MA and PhD from Harvard University. She taught at Barnard College, Columbia University, before coming to the University of Delaware in 2001.
The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for British and Irish Studies, room M549, on the fifth floor of Norlin Library.