Lecture: “Impressionism and the Industrialization of Time — Prof. Andre Dombrowski, 11/28

The Art History Program, in conjunction with the Center for Humanities, the College of Letters, and Romance Studies, is pleased to announce a the following guest lecture and seminar:

“Impressionism and the Industrialization of Time”  

By André Dombrowski, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:30p.m.

41 Wyllys Avenue, Room 112 

Dombrowski specializes in the art and material culture of France, Germany and Britain in the mid to late nineteenth century. His work focuses on cross-national developments in the histories of science, politics, psychology, and sexuality. He has published articles and essays on the art of Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, and Hans von Marées. His book Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life was published by the University of California Press in 2012.

For this lecture, Mr. Dombrowski considers the relationship between Post-Impressionism and the history of modern, industrial time-keeping, focusing in particular on the advent of universal time in 1884 and the serried order of Georges Seurat’s pointillist technique developed around the same time. This lecture further proposes new interpretative means for assessing some of the chronometric devices in impressionist criticism written by Jules Laforgue and Felix Feneon. 

A follow-up seminar will be held at the Center for Humanities on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 4:30pm

Faculty and students are warmly invited to attend.  We hope to see you there!   Katherine Kuenzli and Ethan Kleinberg