Denise Park

Richard Brettell


  • Impressionism
  • French Impressionism
  • museum management
  • blockbuster exhibitions
  • French salon artists
  • Modern art
  • French painting
  • Pissarro
  • Monet
  • Gauguin
  • Degas
  • van Gogh


Charles Lilly

Expert at a Glance

Richard Brettell, Ph.D. School of Arts and Humanities

Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetics

Dr. Brettell is among the foremost authorities in the world on French Impressionism. His career spans university teaching and scholarship to museum curating and management.

While the director of the Dallas Museum of Art, he helped raise $55 million for capital improvements. He consults with museums around the world on their acquisitions and exhibitions. With a grant from the Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn Foundation, he established the Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Museums.

He has taught Impressionism and French painting at Harvard University, Northwestern University, Yale University, UT-Austin and the University of Chicago.

Brettell is the author of Impressionism : Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1900; Modern Art, 1851-1929: Capitalism and Representation; and Monet to Moore: The Millennium Gift of Sara Lee Corporation.

Dr. Brettell received his Ph.D. in art history from Yale University.

Updated: November 29, 2011