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David O’Brien’s research focuses on French art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  His first book, After the Revolution: Antoine-Jean Gros, Painting, and Propaganda under Napoleon (Penn State, 2006; published in French translation by Éditions Gallimard, 2006) examined the interplay of art and propaganda under Napoleon Bonaparte.  His second book, Exiled in Modernity: Delacroix, Civilization, and Barbarism (Penn State, 2018), interprets Eugène Delacroix’s work as a response to modernity. He edited the volume Civilisation and Nineteenth-Century Art: A European Idea in Global Context (Manchester UP, 2016), co-edited Remembering Brown at Fifty: The University of Illinois Commemorates Brown v. Board of Education (University of Illinois Press, 2009), and co-authored Beyond East and West: Seven Transnational Artists (University of Washington Press, 2004).  Currently he is writing a book on the ways in which Napoleon was remembered in images and objects from 1815 to 1848.

 

O’Brien has been awarded fellowships and grants from, among other organization, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Université de Paris Ouest, the American Philosophical Society, and the Center for Advanced Study for the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, DC. 

 

Education

  • B.A. Harvard University, 1984
  • M.A. University of Michigan, 1990
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1995

Research Interests

  • French art
  • Jacques-Louis David, Antoine-Jean Gros, Théodore Géricault, Eugène Delacroix
  • French artists in North Africa and the Middle East
  • Representations of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Art and politics
  • Representations of war

Keywords

  • N Fine Arts
  • Napoleon
  • Painting
  • David
  • Gros
  • Géricault
  • Delacroix
  • Art and politics
  • Propaganda
  • Art History

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censorship Social Sciences
France Social Sciences
Art Arts & Humanities
Napoleon Bonaparte Arts & Humanities
Censorship Arts & Humanities
Visual Culture Arts & Humanities
Propaganda Arts & Humanities
Portraiture Arts & Humanities

Research Output 1995 2012

Censorship of visual culture in France, 1815-1852

O'Brien, D., 2012, In : Yale French Studies. 122, p. 37-52 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Censorship
France
Visual Culture

Censorship of visual culture in France, 18 15-1852

O'Brien, D. J., Jan 1 2012, Out of Sight: Political Censorship of the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century France. Yale University Press, p. 37-52 16 p. (Yale French Studies; vol. 122).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

censorship
France
Censorship
Visual Culture

Eugène Delacroix, Journal

O'Brien, D. J., 2012, In : Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. 11, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Napoleonic Painting, the Museum, and Memory

O'Brien, D. J., 2012, War Memories in Revolutionary Europe. London: Palgrave, p. 291-316 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Romantic Paris: Histories of a Cultural Landscape, 1800-1850

O'Brien, D. J., 2011, In : CAA Reviews.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Editorial activity

Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (Journal)

David J O'Brien (Editor)
Feb 15 2019

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity