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June Hargrove

June Hargrove received her B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. She is a scholar of European art, particularly French, from the eighteenth century to modern times. Her current research focuses on Paul Gauguin in the Marquesas Islands, where he defined his unorthodox creative practices through his idiosyncratic religious convictions. His hybrid theosophical faith bonds Christian, Buddhist, and Maori beliefs, filtered through occult mysticism, into a spiritual aesthetic that affected the praxis of much twentieth-century art. Hargrove also continues to pursue research on nineteenth-century sculpture. Her principal publications are Paris: An Open-Air Pantheon; The History of Monuments to Great Men; Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse; Liberty: the French-American Statue in Art and History; and two edited volumes, Nationalism and French Visual Culture, 1870-1914, co-edited with Neil McWilliam, and The French Academy: Classicism and its Antagonists. Her articles have appeared in The Art Bulletin, the Revue de l’Art, the Van Gogh Studies, Sculpture Journal, and other journals as well as published colloquia. Recent support for her research has come from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Deutschesforum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris, and the Centre André Chastel, Paris-Sorbonne.

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