The Richard R. Brettell Lecture Series

Notable scholars of 19th- and 20th-century European art present new research and fresh interpretations of the Museum's modern masterworks. 

Variation, Seriation, Decoration: Van Gogh's "Sheaves of Wheat"

Dr. Nicole R. Myers, The Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, explores Vincent van Gogh's Sheaves of Wheat. The wheat harvest was frequently depicted by van Gogh over the course of his brief but prolific career. Yet beyond its symbolic association with cycles of nature and human life, Sheaves of Wheat belongs to a mysterious group of thirteen canvases united by their unusual rectangular format. In this talk, curator Dr. Nicole R.

The Mondrian Brand

Art historian Dr. Nancy Troy examines how Dutch painter Piet Mondrian's signature style of abstract art was made newly visible to broader and more diverse audiences than ever before after it was appropriated by couturier Yves Saint Laurent as the basis for his Mondrian Look of 1965. Troy asks how the posthumous exhibition, circulation, publication, and appropriation of Mondrian's paintings allowed them to take on new meanings - both for Pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann and for popular audiences - more than twenty years after the artist's death in New York in 1944.

Caillebotte Matters

Dr. George T. M. Shackelford, Deputy Director of the Kimbell Art Museum and co-curator of the exhibition Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye, discusses the critical issues raised by Caillebotte's innovative paintings - those issues that make understanding him and looking closely at his work essential to the appreciation of Impressionism. Drawing from this recent retrospective of the artist's work and the DMA's own Yellow Roses in a Vase, Shackelford addresses Caillebotte's impact on the Impressionist movement and his legacy in the history of art.

Painting Techniques of the Impressionists

In conjunction with the DMA's exhibition Impressionist Paintings from the Reves Collection, join Dr. Anthea Callen, an internationally renowned specialist on the history of artists' materials and techniques, for a lecture on the origins, novelty, and meanings of the impressionist painters' methods. She will discuss the plein air oil painting techniques of landscapists and their impact on figure painting, studio practice, and display.

February 19, 2015
Horchow Auditorium

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism at the Dallas Museum of Art

In celebration of the publication Impressionism and Post-Impressionism at the Dallas Museum of ArtRichard R. Brettell and Dorothy Kosinski discuss two works acquired during their tenure at the DMA.  Dr. Maxwell L.  Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director, and Olivier Meslay, the Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art, then join them for a conversation about the process of building the DMA’s collection of European art from the 1980s to the present and prospects for the future growth of the collection. 

The Harmony of Labor: Camille Pissarro’s Apple Harvest

Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro worked at once at an atomic and a planetary level. His use of small points or dots of color suggests an understanding of the world as being made of small, particular elements that collide and interact without system or plan, while his compositions often suggest that the earth must be understood as an ecological and social totality. Dr.

Brick by Brick: Cézanne's "Abandoned House near Aix-en-Provence"

Dr. André Dombrowski, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life,  considers Cézanne's Provençal landscapes, especially the Dallas Museum of Art's ownAbandoned House near Aix-ex-Provence, in relation to the architectural metaphors embedded in the painter's practice.
February 21, 2013
Horchow Auditorium