Associate Professor of History of Art
André Dombrowski is Associate Professor of the History of Art and has taught at Penn since 2008; he received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2006. His research and teaching center on the arts and material cultures of France and Germany, and their empires, in the mid to late nineteenth century. He is particularly concerned with the social and intellectual rationales behind the emergence of avant-garde painting in the period. Committed to interdisciplinary inquiry, he places the development of modern art firmly within the histories of technology, science, sexuality, and psychology. Winner of the Phillips Book Prize from the Center for the Study of Modern Art at the Phillips Collection in Washington, Dombrowski is the author of Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life (University of California Press, 2013). The book analyzes Cézanne’s early scenes of sexual violence through the lens of pre-Freudian definitions of desire and instinct. He is currently completing a new book, tentatively entitled Instants, Moments, Minutes: Monet and the Industrialization of Time, which studies the relation between the impressionist “instant” and the histories of modern time-keeping. He is also preparing a longer essay on the friendship between Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and early French feminist Maria Deraismes.Dombrowski was awarded membership in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton for 2012-13.