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Neil McWilliam, Walter H. Annenberg Professor, Art & Art History

Neil McWilliam
Contact Info:
Office Location:  114 S Buchanan Avenue, Bay 9
Office Phone:  (919) 684-6081
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.University of Oxford (United Kingdom)1985
B.A.University of Oxford (United Kingdom)1976

European Art 1780-1900
Caricature and Popular Culture in the 18th & 19th Centuries
History of Art Criticism
Visual Studies/Visual Culture
Research Interests:

Neil McWilliam received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. His publications include Dreams of Happiness. Social Art & the French Left 1830-1850 and Monumental Intolerance, Jean Baffier, A Nationalist Sculptor in fin-de-siècle France. His research focuses on the visual culture of nineteenth and early twentieth-century France, and in particular, on public sculpture, the Academy, and the inter- relationship between aesthetics and political ideologies during the period.


Europe • France • Art History • Monuments • Sculpture

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Patricia Bray  
  • Kathryn Desplanque  
  • Alexis M Clark  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. McWilliam, NF, Emile Bernard: Les Lettres d’un artiste (1884-1941) (May, 2012), pp. 981 pages, Les presses du réel, 35 rue Colson, Dijon, France, ISBN 978-2-84066-498-7  [abs]
  2. McWilliam, NF, Monumental Intolerance. Jean Baffier, A Nationalist Sculptor in fin-de-siècle France (2000), Penn State University Press
  3. McWilliam, NF, Comment peindre un tableau fouriériste, in Charles Fourier – l’écart absolu (April, 2010), pp. 50-65, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Besançon, France
  4. McWilliam, NF, Dreams of Happiness. Social Art and the French Left 1830-1850 (1993), Princeton University Press
  5. McWilliam, NF, A Sense of Place. Representing the Region in Nineteenth-Century France, in Impressionist France. Le Gray to Monet, edited by Kelly, S (2013), pp. 53-65, Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts drive, Forest Park, St Louis MO 63110, ISBN 978-0-300-19695-5 (Catalog essay for an exhibition curated at SLAM by Simon Kelly.)
  6. McWilliam, NF, Au-delà de Pont-Aven: A la poursuite d’Emile Bernard, in Emile Bernard: Au-delà de Pont-Aven, edited by McWilliam, N (January, 2012), pp. 5-23, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, 2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, ISBN 978-2-917902-12-7 (Exhibition catalogue.)  [author's comments]
  7. McWilliam, NF, A la recherche de l'Amérique profonde: l'art patriotique contemporain et l'idée de communauté nationale, Histoire De L'Art no. 70 (2012), pp. 95-107, Institut national d’histoire de l’art  [author's comments]
  8. McWilliam, NF, Emile Bernard’s Reactionary Idealism, in Academics, Pompiers, Official Artists and the Arrière-garde: Defining Modern & Traditional in France 1900-1960, edited by Adamson, N; Norris, T (2009), pp. 25-49, Cambridge Scholars Press
  9. McWilliam, NF, ‘Erudition et engagement politique: la double vie de Louis Dimier’, in L’Histoire de l’histoire de l’art en France au XIXe siècle, edited by Recht, R; Sénéchal, P; Barbillon, C; Martin, F-R (2008), pp. 403-417, La Documentation française, 29-31 Quai Voltaire, Paris 75007, france, ISBN 978-2-11-006539-1
  10. McWilliam, N, The Culture of Nationalism, in Nations and Nationalism in Global Perspective: An Encyclopedia of Origins, Developments and Contemporary Transitions, edited by Herb, G (2008)
  11. McWilliam, NF, Exercises de style. La Critique devant les Envois de Rome 1800-1873, D’Ingres À Degas. Rome Et Les Artistes Français 1803 1873 (2003), pp. 139-149, Académie de France, Rome (article commissioned for exhibition catalogue.)
  12. McWilliam, NF, Peripheral Visions: Class, Cultural Aspiration and the Artisan Community in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France, in Politics and Aesthetics in the Arts, edited by Gaskell, I; Kemal, S (2000), pp. 140-73, Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts, Cambridge University Press
  13. McWilliam, NF; Leymarie, M; Dard, O, L’Action française et la culture (2010), Presses universitaires du Septentrion, Université de Lille
  14. N.F. McWilliam (ed.), Lines of Attack: Conflicts in Caricature (2010), Nasher Museum of Art (Duke University Press), Durham, NC