November 22, 2011

Getty Presents Rebels and Martyrs: The Changing Image of the 19th-Century Artist

Lecture by Alexander Sturgis, director of the Holburne Museum in Bath, England

Thursday, December 1, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center


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LOS ANGELES—The Getty Museum presents Rebels and Martyrs: The Changing Image of the 19th-Century Artist on December 1, a lecture that investigates how artists’ lives and self-perceptions influenced their work.



Alexander Sturgis, director of the Holburne Museum in Bath, England, explores how artists thought about and depicted themselves in light of the Romantic myth of the artist as heroic and rebellious, isolated and suffering.

“Many of our contemporary ideas about artists and writers took shape during the 19th-century—whether it’s the suffering of Van Gogh, the social critique offered by artists like James Ensor, the escapism of the Romantics, or the modern urbanism of Manet and Baudelaire,” explains Peter Tokofsky, education specialist at the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Alexander Sturgis has literally written the book on how these images took shape, and I look forward to his lecture.”

This talk complements the exhibition Images of the Artist, on view at the Getty Center through February 12, 2012.

Rebels and Martyrs: The Changing Image of the 19th–Century Artist takes place on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall. The event is free, but reservations are required. For reservations, visit or call (310) 440-7300.

Image at top: Self-portrait, about 1857-58. Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas (French, 1834–1917). Oil on paper, laid down on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 95.GG.43.



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