Larson, Barbara

Department Chair, Professor

PhD, New York University, School of Fine Arts, New York, New York, 1996

Dr. Barbara Larson, chair and professor of modern European art history, teaches 19th and 20th century courses, including art and science in the 19th century, 19th century European art, women and art, and modern art.
Her research interests include science and 19th century visual culture, with a focus on evolutionism, medicine, history of the brain and mind, and the art movement Symbolism.

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Evolution and Victorian art
Evolution and Victorian art
pre-publication, Chapter 5
Evolution and degeneration in the early work of Odilon Redon
Evolution and degeneration in the early work of Odilon Redon
final article published, Academic Journal Article
Introduction
Introduction
pre-publication, Book Chapter
Microbes and maladies: Bacteriology and health at the fin de siécle
Microbes and maladies: Bacteriology and health at the fin de siécle
published, Exhibition held June 8-Oct. 15, 1995 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Odilon Redon and the Pasteurian revolution: Health, illness, and le monde invisible...
Odilon Redon and the Pasteurian revolution: Health, illness, and le monde invisible...
Odilon Redon's dark-spirited charcoals and lithographs of the last quarter of the nineteenth century responded to developments in science, including the Pasteurian revolution. Rather than celebrating the progressive potential of science, Redon's noirs engaged national anxieties that attended scientific advances. His position was close to the Decadents of the 1880s who dwelled on themes of illness and decay While the artist's original biographer Andre Mellerio referred to the artist's fascination with Pasteur and his microbial world, where in a single drop of water "there arises the spectacle of giants of a gripping horror and a frightfol, predatory nature," the topic has virtually disappeared from Redon literature. By recovering the scientific/medical issues that stimulated Redon's creation, this article restores the subjects of pathogenic organisms and contagious illness to their rightful place in Redon's oeuvre. Further, it provides the reader with a discussion of the cultural context in which Redon's interest was generated., final article published, Journal Article
Ornithology and allegory: Walton Ford
Ornithology and allegory: Walton Ford
final article published, Journal Article
The microbe
The microbe
published, Book Chapter

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