Frédérique Baumgartner

Lecturer and Director of MA in Art History

18th- and 19th-century European Art
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2011
M.A., Columbia University, 2003

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 854-4502
Office: 911 Schermerhorn Hall
Office Hours: Thursdays, 10:30-12


Frédérique Baumgartner's research focuses on 18th- and 19th- century European art, with a particular emphasis on the convergence of art and politics. Her current book project, stemming from her dissertation, examines the politicization of the art of Hubert Robert during the French Revolution in relation to notions of cultural experience. Her new research project, looking at émigré and exile artists at the turn of the 19th century, explores the dynamic between displacement and the creative process in a period that witnessed the fall of the cosmopolitan ideal and the rise of nationalism. In 2003-2005, Frédérique was an assistant curator at the Musée national d'art moderne-Centre Pompidou (Paris) and remains interested in video and performance art.

Selected Publications

"Peinture d'histoire et histoire de l'art au Salon de 1781: Léonard de Vinci mourant dans les bras de François 1er de F.-G. Ménageot," in Le Salon de l'Académie royale de peinture et sculpture. Archéologie d'une institution, dir. Isabelle Pichet(Paris: éditions Hermann, 2014): 103-124 PDF

"Two Rediscovered Paintings by Hubert Robert and their French Revolutionary Context," The Burlington Magazine, vol. 155, no. 1322 (May 2013): 317-323 PDF

"On Max Jansons's Paintings," in Max Jansons. Ocean Park (Catalogue of an exhibition organized by LAXART, Los Angeles, April 28-May 25, 2013): 43-46

Catalogue entries in Projet pour l'art contemporain. 10 ans d'acquisitions. Société des amis du Musée national d'art moderne-Centre Pompidou (Paris: éditions Somogy, 2012)

"Reviving the Collective Body: Gina Pane's Escalade Non Anesthésiée," Oxford Art Journal, vol. 34, no. 2 (2011): 247-263 PDF

Catalogue entries in Collection Nouveaux Médias: Installations. La Collection du Musée national d'art moderne-Centre Pompidou (Paris: éditions du Centre Pompidou, 2006)

"Théodore Géricault: The Times of Day," The Rutgers Art Review, vol. 21 (2005): 1-20

Artist biographies in Encyclopédie Nouveaux Médias, (Musée national d'art moderne-Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Centre pour l'image contemporaine, Genève; Fonds national d'art contemporain, France, 2005)

"Surroundings," in Here and There (Catalogue of the 4th Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia held at the Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, December 18, 2003-March 31, 2004): 17-21