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Kristin O'Rourke specializes in French art of the late eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth century, centering on the institutions of the art world (the museum, the Academy, art criticism & the Salon). Her current project focuses on Eugène Delacroix and the transition from Classicism to Romanticism as seen through contemporary critical discourse and posthumous tributes to the artist. Her research interests include: gender studies, art institutions, the development of art criticism, the myth of the artist, the city of Paris, graphic arts and new media in the nineteenth century, impressionism and urbanism, art theory.
Entries on "Jean-Antoine Houdon," "Voltaire Seated by J.-A. Houdon," and "Johann Gottfried Schadow," for the Encyclopedia of Sculpture. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004.
Review of Emma Barker, Greuze and the Painting of Sentiment, for ECCB: The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography. New York: AMS Press, forthcoming 2009.