Dr. Véronique Chagnon-Burke graduated from the École du Louvre where she earned a postgraduate certificate in Museum Studies. She holds a Licence en Histoire de l’Art, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), an M.A. in History of Art from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
She has taught a wide range of subjects at Queens College, Parsons School of Design and Hunter College. Her museum and research positions have included work at the Museum of Modern Art and the College Art Association, and she has also worked at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris.
Her research interest lies in the history of 19th century French landscape painting, the art market, and women artists. Recent publications include: The Politicization of Nature: The Critical Reception of Barbizon Painting During the July Monarchy (2009), ‘Rue Laffitte: Looking at and Buying Contemporary Art in Mid-Nineteenth Century Paris in Nineteenth- Century Art Worldwide (2012) and, most recently, Women Art Critics in the Nineteenth Century: Vanishing Acts, a collaborative anthology with Heather Jensen and Wendelin Guentner (2013).
The Art of the July Monarchy, French 19th Century Landscape Painting, especially the Barbizon School, art and national identity, 19th century art criticism, with a focus on women art critics, artistic institution and the art market, emerging art markets and women artists.
• The History of Modern Art Market
• Landscape Painting in 19th century France
• French art and National Identity 1830-1945
• 19th Century Art Criticism
Current research interests include investigation of the development of the art market in mid-19th century Paris around the rue Laffitte and the concept of peinture bourgeoise.
Publications and Exhibitions
Publications and Exhibitions
Women Art Critics in the Nineteenth Century: Vanishing Acts (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2013); a collaborative anthology with Heather Jensen and Wendelin Guentner, edited by Wendelin Guentner. My contribution consists in three essays: one on women art critics during the July Monarchy, one on Judith Gautier as an art critic and one on becoming a woman artist in the 19th century.
Rue Laffitte : Looking at and Buying Contemporary Art in Mid-Nineteenth Century Paris » Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, vol. 11, issue #2, Summer 2012
Essays for Le Dictionnaire des créatrices (Paris: Edition Des femmes, 2010): “Les Femmes et la critique d’art au 19ème siècle”; “Marie de Flavigny”; “La Baronne Bonne Decazes”; “Judith Gautier”.
The Politicization of Nature: The Critical Reception of Barbizon Painting During the July Monarchy (Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag, 2009)
“Preserving the Oak Tree: The Fontainebleau Forest and the School of Barbizon,” in PART, no. 10 (Fall 2004)
Picturing the 1830s Revolution: Delacroix’s The 28thof July: Liberty Leading the People Versus Horace Vernet’s Louis-Philippe Leaving the Palais Royal,” in Proceedings of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, Hines H. Hall editor (Auburn University), Fall 2003
“Escaping the Metropolis: Looking at and Buying Landscape Paintings in Paris During the July Monarchy (1830-1848),” in Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, Barry Rothaus editor (University Press of Colorado), vol. 28, Summer 2002.
Society for French Historical Studies, Harvard University-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, April 2013: “The Forest of Fontainebleau, a Hybrid Space for Painters, Faggot Gatherers, Cow Herders and Charcoal Burners.”
Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, October 2011: “Chaos at the Paris Salon: The Politicization of Art Criticism during the July Monarchy.”
Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Yale University, New Haven, October 2010: “A Career True to Woman’s Nature: Becoming an Artist in Mid-Nineteenth Century France.”
College Art Association, Chicago 2010, chaired a session titled “It Is A Small World After All: Contemporary Art in the Age of Emerging Art Market.”
Société des Dix-Neuvièmeistes, Conference Mémoire et souvenirs au/du XIXe siècle, Manchester March 2008: “Rue Laffitte et la formation d’un certain goût bourgeois dans la deuxième moitié du XIXe siècle"
Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Indiana, Bloomington, October 2006: “Under the Artificial Light: Looking at Contemporary Art in Mid-Nineteenth Century Paris.”
Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Texas at Austin, October 2005: “Nos Ancêtres les Gaulois: The Making of a National Icon in Late 19th Century France”
College Art Association, Atltanta, Georgia, 2005, chaired a session titled “The Auction House and Art History”
Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Canada, April 2004, “Women Art Critics in Mid-Nineteenth Century France”
Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Ohio State University, Columbus, October 2002, “Tel Père, Telle Fille: Judith Gautier Artist and Art Critic in Mid-Century France”
Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 2001, “Women Art Critics During the July Monarchy (1830-1848)”
Western Society for French History, UCLA, November 2000, “Escaping the Metropolis: Looking at and Buying Landscape Painting During the July Monarchy (1830-1848)”
College Art Association, New York City, February 2000 “Art and Ecology”, “Preserving the Oak Tree: The Fontainebleau Forest and the School of Barbizon”
Gendered Landscape: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Past Place and Space, Pennsylvania State University, May 1999, “The Oak Tree, the Gaul and the Druid: The Landscape Paintings of the School of Barbizon and the Definition of France’s National Identity”
• Chair, Christie’s Education New York Advisory Board
• Association of Art Historians (AAH)
• Member College Art Association
• Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art
• Nineteenth-century French Studies
• Société des Dix-Neuvièmistes