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Norma Broude

Professor Emerita
Department of Art

  • A pioneering feminist scholar and specialist in nineteenth-century French and Italian painting, Norma Broude is known for critical reassessments of Impressionism and the work of Degas, Caillebotte, Cassatt, Seurat, and the Italian Macchiaioli. With Mary Garrard, she co-edited and contributed to four influential texts on feminist art history, co-curated the exhibition Claiming Space: Some American Feminist Originators for the AU Art Museum, and received an Art History Recognition Award from the Women’s Committee of the College Art Association. Broude is the author of The Macchiaioli: Italian Painters of the Nineteenth Century and Impressionism, A Feminist Reading: The Gendering of Art, Science, and Nature in the Nineteenth Century. Among her edited books are World Impressionism: The International Movement and Gustave Caillebotte and the Fashioning of Identity in Impressionist Paris. She has served as General Editor of The Rizzoli Art Series and as a member of the CAA’s Art Bulletin Advisory Committee.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Art History, Columbia University
    MA, Art History, Columbia University
    BA, Art History and English, Hunter College
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Woman’s Art Journal

    Appointed Member of the Editorial Board
    2006 and ongoing

  • The Feminist Art Project

    Appointed member of the Honorary Committee
    2006 and ongoing

  • Rutgers University
    The Miriam Schapiro Archive for Women Artists Endowment Committee

    Committee Member
    2004 and ongoing

  • College Art Association of America

    Member of The Art Bulletin Advisory Committee
    1996-1998

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

A pioneering feminist scholar and specialist in nineteenth-century French and Italian painting, Broude is known for critical reassessments of Impressionism and the work of Degas, Caillebotte, Cassatt, Seurat, and the Italian Macchiaioli. With Mary Garrard, she co-edited four influential texts on feminist art history and co-curated Claiming Space: Some American Feminist Originators for the AU Art Museum.

Selected Publications

  • Introducing Feminist Art History, by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard. Amazon e-book, 2014.
  • “The Frescoes of Giambattista Tiepolo at Villa Valmarana: Gender Ideology in a Patrician Villa of the Settecento,” The Art Bulletin (June 2009).
  • Reclaiming Female Agency: Feminist Art History After Postmodernism. Co-edited with Mary D. Garrard. University of California Press, 2005.
  • Gustave Caillebotte and the Fashioning of Identity in Impressionist Paris. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002.
  • Edgar Degas. New York: Rizzoli International Publications (The Rizzoli Art Series), 1993. 
  • Georges Seurat. New York: Rizzoli International Publications (The Rizzoli Art Series), 1992.
  • Impressionism, A Feminist Reading: The Gendering of Art, Science, and Nature in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1991 and New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
  • The Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970s, History and Impact. Co-edited with Mary D. Garrard. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994.and 1996.
  • World Impressionism: The International Movement 1860-1920, editor. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1990;with simultaneous editions in French (Paris: Nathan), German (Cologne: DuMont), and Italian (Milan: Edizioni Leonardo). New York: Harry N. Abrams, Abradale Press Edition, 1994.
  • The Macchiaioli: Italian Painters of the Nineteenth Century. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1987.
  • The Expanding Discourse: Feminism and Art History. Co-edited with Mary D. Garrard. New York: HarperCollins,1992. 
  • Feminism and Art History: Questioning the Litany. Co-edited with Mary D. Garrard. New York: Harper and Row, 1982.

Exhibitions/Performances

  • “Claiming Space: Some American Feminist Originators,” curators Norma Broude and Mary Garrard, American University Museum, 2007-2008.

Professional Presentations

  • On October 5, 2014, in the symposium Degas/Cassatt: Different Perspectives at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Professor Broude will present a paper entitled “Degas: Women, Horses, and Nature.”
  • On February 10, 2011, at the centennial meetings of the College Art Association in New York, art historian Norma Broude and Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds) co-chaired a special centennial session on Feminism. Conceived as a "mash up" that would bring together disparate points of view, this standing-room only session consisted of two panels: Attaining Full Equality: Women Artists, Museums, and Markets; and New Directions and International Perspectives in Feminist Art History.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Honoree, First Feminist Art History Conference: “Continuing the Legacy: Honoring the Work of Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard,” American University, Washington DC, November 2010.
  • College Art Association of America. Art History Recognition Award conferred by the Committee on Women in the Arts, 2000
  • American University, CAS Nominee for the University's year 2000 Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Other Professional Contributions Award
  • Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Award in non-fiction category for The Power of Feminist Art. 1995
  • The Women's Caucus for Art, Mid-Career Achievement Award, 1992
  • Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Other Professional Contributions, The College of Arts and Sciences, The American University, Academic Year 1991-92
  • Mellon Senior Scholar Award, College of Arts and Sciences, The American University, 1989

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • The Rockefeller Foundation: Bellaggio Study and Conference Center. Resident scholar, May 1991.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities. Fellowship for College Teachers, Spring 1991.
  • The J. Paul Getty Trust. Publication subsidy to Yale University Press for The Macchiaiol,1986.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities. Fellowship for College Teachers, AY1981-82.
  • United States Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education. Mina Shaughnessy Fellow, 1982.
  • The American University Faculty Research Grants, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1999, and 2000.
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow, 1965-66.
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1962-63.

Work In Progress

  • Essay, “The Italian Expatriates: DeNittis and Zandomeneghi” (to appear, 2015)
  • Essay, “Revisiting Degas: A Meditation on Women, Horses, and Nature” (to appear, 2016)
  • Essay on Paul Gauguin.

     

See CV for full list.

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: Feminist art history, nineteenth-century Italian artists, Edgar Degas, world impressionism, Georges Seurat, Mary Cassatt, Gustave Caillebotte  

Additional Information: Norma Broude is coeditor, with fellow AU professor Mary Garrard, of Feminism and Art History: Questioning the Litany (1982), The Expanding Discourse: Feminism and Art History (1992), and The Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970s (1994). Broude and Garrard's fourth collaborative volume, Reclaiming Female Agency: Feminist Art History After Postmodernism (University of California Press) was published in 2005. In 2007, they co-curated the exhibition "Claiming Space: Some American Feminist Innovators" for the American University Museum. In February 2000, Broude and Garrard received lifetime achievement awards from the College Art Association Committee on Women. Broude is also the author of Gustave Caillebotte and the Fashioning of Identity in Impressionist Paris (Rutgers University Press, 2002).

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