Centuries of Art at Your Library: Politics and Painting- French Art Movements of the 19th Century

Williamsburg Library Theatre
515 Scotland Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States 515 Scotland Street Williamsburg 23185


  • Admission: $Free

Politics and Painting: French Art Movements of the 19th Century – Donald Schrader
France was the most advanced and most prosperous country in the world during the 19th century. It was also dynamic and politically unstable, undergoing four changes of constitution before 1900. The visual arts, and in particular painting, played an important role in the social turmoil of the French republic. Controversies about social class, gender, and economic equity played out in art as much as in the press. This lecture explores many of these topics and the painters who alternately championed or turned their backs on the great causes of their time — including David, Delacroix, Courbet and Manet. Dr. Donald Schrader, an adjunct professor of art history at the University of Mary Washington, received his MA and PhD from The University of Virginia, specializing in Italian Renaissance art.