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"French Art in the Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries" by Kathy Galitz

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Edouard Manet, "At the Milliner's (La Modiste)," 1881

Edouard Manet, "At the Milliner's (La Modiste)," 1881. Oil on canvas, 33 1/2 x 29  in. (85.1 x 73.7 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Mildred Anna Williams Collection, 1957.3 

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Kathryn Calley Galitz is a scholar of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century French art. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Galitz has organized international exhibitions on artists including Chassériau, Girodet, and Turner. She was a member of the curatorial team awarded Best Historical Show 2008 by the International Association of Art Critics for Gustave Courbet.

Dr. Galitz is a frequent lecturer, has appeared on radio and television, and has been a fellow at the Hermitage Museum, The Attingham Trust (Summer School and Royal Collection Studies), and the Art Institute of Chicago. Her book Masterpiece Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Skira Rizzoli, 2016) explores 5,000 years of painting and features some of The Met’s most important works. She has also authored numerous works on Neoclassical painting, including “The Family Paradigm in French Painting, 1789–1814,” “Jacques-Louis David’s Portrait of Comtesse Vilain XIIII and her Daughter,” and “Gérard’s Madame de Talleyrand: Portraiture, Scandal, and the Art of Power” (Metropolitan Museum Bulletin, 2013).

Kathryn Calley Galitz received her Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and earned her M.A. from Williams College and B.A. from Smith College. She was a visiting professor of art history at New York University and has taught at Hunter College, CUNY. She serves on the Board of Directors for American Friends of Attingham and is a member of the Alumni Advisory Council, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

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