Richard Brettell

Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies, Edith O'Donnell Distinguished Chair
Vice Provost - EOD Institute for Art History
richard.brettell@utdallas.edu
972-883-2475
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Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - History of Art
Yale University - 1977
M.A.
Yale University - 1973
B.A.
Yale University - 1971

Research Areas

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.

Publications

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
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
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
GAUGUIN AND IMPRESSIONISM, (with Anne-Birgitte Fonsmark), Yale University Press, 2005 2005 - Publication
EUROPEAN DRAWINGS, 1770-1930, IN THE LEHMAN COLLECTION, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Princeton University Press, 2002 2002 - Publication

Appointments

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
[1992–Present]
Visiting Instructor
Northwestern University [1985–1985]

Additional Information

Selected Projects:
  • Consulting Curator, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee
  • The Tandy Lecturer in American Civilization, The Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth
  • Consulting Curator, Sara Lee Corporation, Chicago, Il.
  • President, The Brettell Seminars, An Experiment in Private Education
  • Lecturer, The Teaching Company, Chantilly, Va.
  • Director and Founder, FRAME French Regional & American Museum Exchange
  • Coordinator and Founder, The International Coalition of House Museums
Temporary Exhibitions
  • 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
  • GEORGIA O'KEEFFE
    • 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
    • The Art Institute of Chicago,
Awards and Honors

Commandeur certificate from the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters)

News Articles

University Establishes Brettell Award in the Arts in Honor of Educator
The University of Texas at Dallas, with a generous gift from philanthropist Margaret McDermott, has announced the creation of the Richard Brettell Award in the Arts, a biennial honor recognizing established artists in any medium.

The award will be bestowed upon artists whose body of work demonstrates a lifetime of achievement in their field. Winners will receive a $150,000 prize and will participate in a campus residency where they will spend time interacting with faculty and students.
$1 Million Gift to Fund Museum Research Project
A $1 million gift to The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums (CISM) at UT Dallas, by Dallas philanthropist and civic leader Nancy Hamon, will support research that will enable a book series on the history of art museums.

The Brettell Series on the History and Theory of the Art Museum will be edited by Dr. Richard Brettell, the Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies. The series, to be published by Yale University Press (London), is planning to produce one volume a year for five years, beginning in 2012.

Brettell created CISM under the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities in 1999. Brettell and his students explore the cultural politics of art display and the history of museums.
Brettell Named to Hermitage Museum Foundation Board
Dr. Richard Brettell, founding director of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Hermitage Museum Foundation, which contributes to the preservation and promotion of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and its more than 3 million objects.

“The Hermitage Foundation is a distinguished group of philanthropists and museum professionals, all of whom have long histories with that fabled museum and are close friends of its distinguished honorary chairman, Mikhail Piotrovsky,” Brettell said. “It is an honor to be named to the Hermitage Foundation board of directors at this difficult moment in U.S.-Russian political and cultural relations.”

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
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