Faculty & Staff
Dr. Beth S. Wright
Art History, Professor of Art History & Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Beth S. Wright’s research centers on French art (c.1760-1840) set into its cultural context. Her Painting and History during the French Restoration: Abandoned by the Past (Cambridge U P, 1997) was given the Vasari award by the Dallas Museum of Art in 1998 for the most outstanding publication by an art historian working in Texas. It describes how the conception of history and its visual representation changed after the French revolution, assessing paintings, museum exhibitions, illustrations, historiography, historical fiction, drama, and art criticism. She edited and wrote a chapter for The Cambridge Companion to Delacroix (Cambridge U P, 2001), and contributed a chapter on French Restoration art criticism of David’s work to Dorothy Johnson, ed., Jacques-Louis David: New Perspectives (University of Delaware P, 2006). Her publications include articles on historical illustration and pedagogical games; the impact of Sir Walter Scott’s historical novels; 18th century French theatre and Fragonard’s Corésus; Cromwell in French texts and images (17th – 19th c.).Recent international conference presentations include “The Space of Time in Delaroche’s art and Chateaubriand’s historiography” at the University of Manchester as part of an symposium on 19th century history painting; “Scintillating with Ideas: Sir Walter Scott’s Challenge to French Romantic Painting” at the Tate Museum, London in conjunction with the exhibition “Constable to Delacroix: British Art and the French Romantics”; and “’Enchanting Education’: Illustrating the Patriot’s ABCs in 1794” at the Eleventh International Congress on the Enlightenment. Her work has been supported by the University of Texas at Arlington, the College Art Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.