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. 

Double Lecture: Edouard Vuillard: Exploring the Limits of Intimism; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's Femmes de Maison: The "Back" Story


Dr. Belinda Thomson, independent art historian and Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, considers the works by Edouard Vuillard in the Dallas Museum of Art's collections and examines to what extent the effectiveness of these works depends upon Vuillard's relationship with each subject.

Monet's Seine at Lavacourt: What Is A Modernist Artist to Do in France in 1880?

Claude Monet’s iconic painting The Seine at Lavacourt was completed in 1880 and shown at the Salon, the regressive, state-sponsored exhibition that had prompted the impressionists to found their own independent exhibitions beginning in 1874. Dr. Paul Hayes Tucker, the Paul Hayes Tucker Distinguished Professor of Art, University of Massachusetts, Bostonwill consider this stunning painting and whether it was, in fact, Monet’s “turncoat” picture—a retreat to more traditional painting strategies.  

February 19, 2010

Horchow Auditorium

Manet: Models, Portraits, and "La Vie Moderne"


Manet's friendship with Isabelle Lemonnier, the model for the bold portrait at the Dallas Museum of Art, led to an extraordinary series of formal and informal portraits of her in the latter phase of his career. Dr. Nancy Locke, Associate Professor of Art History, Penn State University, will highlight the role of portraiture in Manet’s modern-life project and will offer fresh insights into the panache of the Museum’s remarkable portrait of Isabelle Lemonnier.

November 12, 2009

Horchow Auditorium


Degas, Dance, Dallas


Dr. Richard Kendall discusses the work of Degas, known as “painter of dancers,” and investigates the creativity and artistic innovation he employed in the creation of over a thousand images of ballet dancers, in their studios and on stage, throughtout his career.

October 22, 2009

Horchow Auditorium