Michelle Foa, Associate Professor of Art History in the Newcomb Art Department of Tulane University
The 19th century witnessed a revolution in the manufacture and use of paper that had far-reaching effects on the arts. This lecture situates the changes that paper underwent in the context of key developments in trade, cotton cultivation, and textile production and consumption around the world. It also highlights artists’ and writers’ reactions to these shifts, revealing their profound concern about the longevity of the paper supports of their pictures and publications.
Michelle Foa is associate professor of art history in the Newcomb Art Department of Tulane University. Her research focuses on 19th-century French art and visual and material culture.