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Ph.D. - History of Art Yale University - 1977
M.A. Yale University - 1973
B.A. Yale University - 1971
Areas of Specialization
19th- and 20th-century visual representation: mechanical, assisted, and handmade; the history of art museums and of private collecting in capitalist societies; visual "translation" of texts; artists as writers; 19th- and 20th-century architecture.
Catalogue by Richard Brettell and CD Dickerson, Yale University Press. IMPRESSIONISM AND ECOLOGY: Art and Nature in Third Republic France The Vitttoriano, Rome, Spring 2010, Catalogue by Richard Brettell and Stephen Eisenman, published by Skira, Milan. 2010 - Publication
PISSARRO’S PEOPLE, THE HUMAN FIGURE AND IMPRESSIONISM, The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, with the Clark Art Institute, Fall 2010, Book by Richard Brettell, published by Yale University Press 2010 - Publication
FROM THE HOMES OF TEXAS, Private Collecting of European Art in Texas, 1900-2009, The Kimbell Art Museum, November, 2009 2009 - Publication
EUROPEAN PAINTING (1800-1950) IN THE ROBERT LEHMAN COLLECTION (with Paul Tucker and Natalie H. Lee), The Metropolitan Museum, Princeton University Press, 2009 2009 - Publication
MONET TO MATISSE; THE MARIANNE AND HENRY BLOCH COLLECTION, Richard Brettell and Joachim Pissarro, Marquand Books for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 2007 2007 - Publication
GAUGUIN: ARTIST OF MYTH AND DREAM Stephen Eisenman and Richard Brettell, Skira, Geneva and Milan, 2007 (English and Italian Editions) 2007 - Publication
MONET AND NORMANDY (with Heather Lemonedes, David Steel, and Lynn Federle Orr), Rizzolli, New York, 2006 2006 - Publication
19TH CENTURY ART IN THE NORTON SIMON MUSEUM, (with Stephen Eisenman), Yale University Press, 2006 2006 - Publication
Edith O'Donnell Distinguished Chair The University of Texas at Dallas [2014–Present]
Director Edith ODonnell Institute of Art History [2014–Present]
Visiting Scholar The Clark Art Institute [2009–2009]
American Director FRAME, French Regional & American Museum Exchange [1999–Present]
Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair The University of Texas at Dallas [1998–Present]
Visiting Scholar The Clark Art Institute [1996–2000]
Visiting Professor, Fine Arts Harvard University [1995–1995]
Visiting Professor, The History of Art Yale University [1994–1994]
Independent Art Historian and Museum Consultant
Visiting Instructor Northwestern University [1985–1985]
Awards and Honors
Commandeur certificate from the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters)
THE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS,
The Dallas Museum of Art, 1993
THE PRITZKER GALLERIES OF EUROPEAN ART 1300-1900
The Art Institute of Chicago 1987
THE PURSUIT OF QUALITY:EUROPEAN MASTER PANTINGS ABD SCULPTURES IN TEXAS COLLECTORS, 1900 - 2000
The Kimbell Art Museum, Fall 2009, Catalogue by Richard Brettell and CD Dickerson to be published by Yale University Press.
PAYSAGES D’EAU: MONET 'S WATER LANDSCAPES
The Vitttoriano, Rome, Spring 2010, Catalogue by Richard Brettell and Stephen Eisenman, published by Skira, Milan.
PISSARRO’S PEOPLE, THE HUMAN FIGURE AND IMPRESSIONISM
The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, with the Clark Art Institute, Fall 2010, Book by Richard Brettell, published by Yale University Press
MONET IN NORMANDY
The North Carolina Museum of Art, San Francisco De Young Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, February 18 - May 20, 2007
GAUGUIN AND IMPRESSIONISM
Anne-Birgitte Fonsmark and Richard R. Brettell, Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark August 30 - November 20, 2005, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX December 18, 2005 - March 26, 2006
THE IMPRESSIONIST IN THE CITY: PISSARRO'S SERIES
Dallas Museum of Art, 1992
The Dallas Museum of Art, 1988
FRANCE IN THE GOLDEN AGE
The Art Institute of Chicago, 1983
THE GOLDEN AGE OF NAPLES, ART AND CIVILIZATION UNDER THE BOURBONS 1982
As part of a new series of community-centered events, the UT Dallas Development Board is hosting a presentation titled, “The Art of Private Collecting – The Texas Experience,” with Dr. Richard Brettell, Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Art and Aesthetic Studies at UT Dallas. Brettell will share insights from his book From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Thursday, April 14 at the Dallas Museum of Art Horchow Auditorium. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Brettell founded the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums at UT Dallas in 1998. A Professor of Aesthetic Studies at UT Dallas, Brettell’s expertise encompasses impressionism and French painting from 1830 to 1930. He earned his undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University, and his museum experience includes serving as the Eugene McDermott Director at the Dallas Museum of Art and Searle Curator of European Painting at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Dr. Richard R. Brettell, professor of art and aesthetic studies, has been awarded the 2011 Humanitas Visiting Professorship in the History of Art at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Brettell, who holds the Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Art and Aesthetic Studies at UT Dallas, will give a lecture series at Cambridge titled, Is There Anything Left to Say About Impressionism? The series will include three lectures and one symposium between Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.
Rick Brettell, Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetics at The University of Texas at Dallas, has received a commandeur certificate from the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters). The award is the most prestigious of its type in France. The honor is conferred on no more than 20 people per year. The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres is an Order of France, established in 1957 by the Minister of Culture, and confirmed as part of the Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit) by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. Its purpose is to recognize significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.
Art enthusiasts are invited to experience the history of the Impressionist collection visiting the Kimbell Art Museum from UT Dallas chaired professor Richard Brettell, the man who helped build it. n honor of The Impressionists: Master Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago, an exhibit currently at the Kimbell in Fort Worth, Dr. Brettell will give two public lectures on private collectors of French avant-garde painting. The presentations will be at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 7 and 14, in the Davidson Auditorium at the UT Dallas School of Management. The Art Institute’s Impressionist collection, which has never before left Chicago in such a large group, is on display at the Kimbell through Nov. 2. The lectures will focus on renowned Chicago collectors Bertha Palmer, Frederick Clay Bartlett and Martin Ryerson.
UT Dallas art and aesthetics professor Richard Brettell will provide an expert overview of paintings by landscape master J.M.W. Turner in a McDermott Library Lecture Series presentation Monday, March 24. The lecture, titled “Reviewing a Blockbuster: The Turner Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art,” is scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m. in McDermott Library Auditorium (MC 2.410). The dicussion is free and open to the public. The artist, known as “the painter of light,” is regarded as the most prominent English Romantic landscape artist and one of the greatest in the history. About 140 works by Turner (1775-1851) are on display through May 18 at the Dallas Museum of Art in downtown Dallas. This showing is the largest and most comprehensive Turner retrospective ever presented in the U.S.
Chairman (1990) and Member, The United States Federal Indemnity Panel, 1987-1990
The Getty Grant Program, Publication Committee, 1987-1991
The American Association of Museum Directors 1988-93
The Elizabethan Club
The Phelps Association