Gabriel Weisberg

Office Hours - Fall 2010
Wed: 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Thurs: 8:30 - 9:30 am, or by appointment

Gabriel P. Weisberg (PhD. The Johns Hopkins University) teaches courses for undergraduate and graduate students in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century European Art with a strong specialization in the history of graphic art, design history, and visual culture in France and Europe from 1780-1920. He has a deep interest in the art nouveau period having taught graduate seminars and lecture courses in this area.

Weisberg has recently curated and edited the following exhibitions and their publications including “Illusions of Reality: Naturalist Painting, Photography and Cinema, 1875-1918“ (The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Ateneum, Helsinki, Finland, 2010-11). The exhibition book was published in six separate language editions - English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Finnish; the catalogue was produced by the van Gogh Museum with Mercatorfonds in Belgium and distributed by Mercatorfonds, and DAP (in the United States), among others. A second exhibition and publication was organized for the Mississippi Museum of Art entitled “The Orient Expressed: Japanese Influence on Western Art, 1854-1918“(Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, 2011). The catalogue was prepared by the Mississippi Museum of Art, and was distributed by Washington University Press. Weisberg is currently engaged in another exhibition project for 2012 at The Snite Art Museum at the University of Notre Dame entitled “Breaking the Mold: The Noah and Muriel S. Butkin Collection.“ The Butkin collection was given to two institutions on the death of the Butkins: The Snite at Notre Dame and The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Many of Weisberg’s current and former PhD. students have been involved in some of these current projects writing significant essays for some of the exhibition catalogues. Elizabeth Mix (formerly Menon) contributed to the Mississippi publication “Japonisme and Cultural Appropriation,“ Sarah Sik’s essay was on ““˜Those Naughty Little Geishas’, The Gendering of Japonisme“ and Erica Warren wrote  “Japonisme and Scandinavia.“ For the Notre Dame exhibition catalogue Janet Whitmore, Lisa Michaux and Sarah Sik are contributing notices. Sarah Sik has recently obtained a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Penn State University after having completed her dissertation on the designer and sculptor Rupert Carabin (2010).

Professor Weisberg has been the recipient of major honors and awards in art history including having served as a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Senior Fellowship at CASVA (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) and Regents Professor, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.. Recently he was the Van Gogh Museum and the University of Amsterdam, Visiting Fellow (2010). He serves as Reviews Editor for AHNCA’s on-line peer reviewed journal Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide; he was also a past President of the AHNCA group.

Educational Background & Specialties


  • 19th- and early 20th century art
  • art in France
  • Art Nouveau
  • decorative art
  • graphic art
  • Italian Renaissance
  • Japanese art influences (Japonisme)
  • Montmartre
Courses Taught
  • ArtH 3422 - History of Graphic Arts, 1780-2002
  • ArtH 3484 - The Art of Picasso and the Modern Movement
  • ArtH 3940 - Topics in Art History: Italian Renaissance Art
  • ArtH 5454 - Design Reform in the Era of Art Nouveau
  • ArtH 5950 - Topics: Art History: Italian Renaissance Art
  • ArtH 8950 - Seminar: Issues in the History of Art: Art Academies & Exhibitions
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Former President, Art Historians of Nineteenth Century Art:


  • Guest Curator, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam: organization and research of exhibition on "Art Nouveau: The Bing Empire", 2000 - 2006
  • Guest Curator: Illusions of Reality: Naturalist Painting, Photography and Cinema, 1875-1918a, Van Gogh Museum, Ams - June 2011
  • Art Nouveau, A Research Guide for Design Reform in France, Belgium, England and the United States. Weisberg, Gabriel, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1998.
  • The Popularization of Images: Visual Culture Under the July Monarchy (co-editor). Weisberg, Gabriel, Princeton University Press, 1994.
  • Montmartre and the Making of Mass Culture (editor). Weisberg, Gabriel, Rutgers University Press, 2001.
  • Art Nouveau Bing: Paris Style, 1900. Weisberg, Gabriel, New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1986.
  • Overcoming All Obstacles: The Women of the Academie Julian. Weisberg, Gabriel, New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press, 1999.
  • Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres, Republique Francaise Award
  • Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
  • Regent?s Fellow, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art