July - August 1999
Stephen Eisenman, associate professor of art history at Northwestern, pursued several projects simultaneously during his summer at the Clark. The first, concerned with Degas and anti-Semitism, drew an undercurrent in the Degas literature out into the open: were Degas’s religious beliefs a leitmotif or a main theme in his work? A second project was his ongoing history of Dutch and Flemish art from 1750 to1900. Still another line of research is a large, synthetic, and critical monograph on Gauguin that is nearing completion. It is a much-awaited complement to Gauguin’s Skirt, Eisenman’s acclaimed study of the painter’s South Pacific works.