Christa DiMarco is an associate professor in the Liberal Arts Division, where she teaches nineteenth-century art-history and interdisciplinary humanities courses.
In her current research project, she draws from her dissertation Painting in Paris: Vincent van Gogh, 1886-1888 (2015) to explore Van Gogh’s two-year stay in Montmartre, where he lived before heading to Arles. In the context of a burgeoning Parisian art market, she considers how avant-garde artists and critics informed Van Gogh’s painterly approach, and she establishes the early Symbolist pictorial methods evident in the artist’s paintings. In so doing, she explores canvases depicting allotment gardens, factories and working-class restaurants in which Van Gogh addressed the tenuous relationship between labor and commodities—such as food, glass and gas—within the rise of a labor-reform movement that intensified when the artist arrived in the metropolis.
The recipient of a research fellowship at the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies at Vanderbilt University, she studies Charles Baudelaire’s ideals and locates Van Gogh’s artistic development within the critic’s aesthetic.
She often presents at conferences, such as the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, and is a member of La Société Le Vieux Montmartre, the College Art Association, the Nineteenth Century Studies Association and the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art.
When she is not working, she is whipping up off-the-hook vegan food in her south Philly home.
Class Schedule, Spring 2017
|T,F||11:30AM - 12:50PM||Art History Survey II|
|TH||10:00AM - 12:50PM||Food & Labor in 1880s Paris|
|TH||01:00PM - 03:50PM||Food & Labor in 1880s Paris|