About David O'Brien
David O’Brien works primarily on French art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is the author of Exiled in Modernity: Delacroix, Civilization and Barbarism (Penn State Press, 2018) and After the Revolution: Antoine-Jean Gros, Painting, and Propaganda under Napoleon (Penn State Press, 2006). He edited Civilisation and Nineteenth-Century Art: A European Idea in Global Context (Manchester UP, 2016) and co-edited Remembering Brown at Fifty: The University of Illinois Commemorates Brown v. Board of Education (University of Illinois Press, 2009). He is the co-author of Beyond East and West: Seven Transnational Artists (University of Washington Press, 2004). Currently he is working on a book about memories of Napoleon in French material culture from the first half of the nineteenth century.
Professor O’Brien is the Reviews Editor for Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide and serves on the Editorial Board of H-France. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and was the Paul Mellon Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, DC, in 2018-19.
B.A. Harvard University, 1984
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1995