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Martha Lucy joined the faculty in fall 2012 after seven years at the Barnes Foundation, where she was Associate Curator. She is the co-author of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation (Yale University Press, 2012), the first scholarly book about the Barnes’s enormous Renoir collection, and of Masterworks: The Barnes Foundation (Rizzoli). She is co-curator of the exhibition Ensemble: Albert C. Barnes and the Experiment in Education (2012 –2013). Dr. Lucy received her Ph.D. in modern European Art from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, winning several research grants for her dissertation, including the Chateaubriand Fellowship. She has published many articles and essays, and was co-editor with Linda Nochlin of “The Darwin Effect,” a special issue of the journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. A recent essay can be found in the award-winning catalogue for the exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde.
Dr. Lucy’s research centers on the art and visual culture of late nineteenth/early twentieth-century France. She has a wide range of scholarly interests, from the writings and aesthetic theories of Leo Stein to the critical reception of Renoir’s late paintings. She is deeply interested in intersections between art and science, particularly as they surface in representations of the human body; her dissertation explored the relationship between modernism, evolutionary theory, and the body in French art and visual culture. Her current research projects focus on anti-modern currents in late nineteenth/ early twentieth-century European painting, and on the sense of touch in the late work of Renoir.