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Alhadeff, Albert

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research overview

  • Dr. Alhadeff's research focuses on the opening and closing decades of the 19th century in France and Belgium. Presently, Alhadeff has completed a manuscript on Theodore Gericault's paintings of Blacks and the enslaved, a study whose focus is on the 1820s and the politics surrounding slavery and abolitionism. The book, 'Painting Black Bodies, Confrontations and Contradictions,' is in print with Routledge's series on Art and Race; it is available as a paper back and in hard cover. Alhadeff is presently working on a new book, on symbolism in Belgium and the fin de siècle, specifically on the sculptor George Minne and the Belgian poets in his circle; he envisions eight chapters, with four presently complete. Submitted four articles for publication this past year, two for the ART BULLETIN, one for OUD HOLLAND and another for 19th CENTURY STUDIES WORLD WIDE. An ongoing interest by Alhadeff is theoretical questions affecting early modernist studies--research that strongly affects his classes on 19th and 20th century issues. Alhadeff's focus on European painting challenges his readiness to keep up with the ever expanding bibliography in the field--a fruitful task that extends as well to the High Renaissance and Michelangelo's oeuvre.


  • late eighteenth to late nineteenth century French painting and sculpture from Fragonard, David and the Impressionists to Rodin and Brancusi, late 19th century Belgian painting and sculpture, 20th century studies, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Italian Futurism, German Expressionism, Picasso studies, Renaissance sculpture and painting, the Quattrocento and Cinquecento, Michelangelo and High Renaissance, American art and Abstract Expressionism, Pollock, Rothko, Ad Reinhardt



courses taught

  • ARTH 3419 - Modern Art Survey
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
    Surveys the loss of beauty in art and discusses whether or not that loss is regrettable. Questions the function and historical meaning of modern and postmodern art: is it all hype and strategic positioning by artists for fame and fortune? Is it serious? Are the fine arts still fine?
  • ARTH 3929 - Special Topics in Art History
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2023
    May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours when topic varies.
  • ARTH 4279 - Michelangelo (1475-1564)
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Focuses on Michelangelo's long career, marked by outstanding achievements in sculpture, painting, architecture and poetry. Emphasizes his projects and achievements in light of 16th century artistic theory, including relationships to his contemporaries in the arts and literature.
  • ARTH 4319 - European Art from 1830 to 1886
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021
    Surveys the major movements in painting in France and England from the Revolution of 1830 to the impressionist crisis of 1886. Emphasizes and discusses painting and major expressions in sculpture and architecture.
  • ARTH 4339 - Modern Art 2
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020 / Summer 2022
    Begins with early Picasso and cubism, including analytic and synthetic cubism and emphasizing the various isms of the 20th century. Also studies Italian futurism, de Stijl and the Bauhaus, dada and surrealism.
  • ARTH 4919 - Capstone Seminar: Topics in Art History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Seminar course dealing with selected areas or problems within the history of art. Consult current online Schedule Planner for seminar topic. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
  • ARTH 4929 - Special Topics in Art History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours when topic varies. Same as ARTH 5929.
  • ARTH 5929 - Special Topics in Art History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours. Same as ARTH 4929.
  • ARTH 6939 - Graduate Seminar: Open Topics in Art History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Subjects and topics vary. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.


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