Karen Pope, PhD in History of Art (University of Texas 1981) is a popular lecturer in and around Austin on diverse topics. With expertise especially in the art of Europe and America in the 19th and 20th centuries, she strives to make art history accessible and enjoyable for audiences of all levels.
Since 1998, she has been teaching art history full time at Baylor University in the new Allbritton Art Institute, which supports emphasis on the art of the 19th and 20th centuries. For a glimpse into this academic side, visit http://blogs.baylor.edu/karen_pope/.
From designing and conducting art history programs for the University of Texas fine arts community in the early 1980s, her enthusiasm and proficiency for guiding interested adults through the history of art led, in January 1995, to the creation of Art inSight Inc. Embarking on its 17th year, Art inSight enjoys art history friendships around Austin, around Central Texas, and around the country. Many of these friends look forward to studying and traveling together from year to year and are building their knowledge of art history by recognizing connections from one tour to the next--historic periods, great artists, compelling themes.
Last December, I sent a little fan mail to Jenness Cortez, a contemporary painter of trompe l'oeil still life images, in which famous paintings appear as the centerpieces of thoughtful thematic arrangements of varied objects. In response came an invitation to write about the paintings and we struck an agreement. I met the artist in her Florida gallery in January, began to write ... visited her studio near Albany, New York, in May, where we made the final selection of 54 paintings from a series of more than 120 pictures ... enjoyed a cordial and efficient editing process by email ... and the book has been published.
Thanks to Mary Douthit at the Blanton Museum of Art, Homage to the Creative Spirit is available at the Blanton shop.
Several friends offered guidance and shared reflections as I worked; thanks to my art friends for your great support!
A FEW GOOD BOOKS (additions at the top of the list)
Lucy Paquette, The Hammock: A Novel Based on the True Story of French Painter James Tissot, 2012
David McCullough, The Great Bridge, 1972 [Exhaustive, fascinating story of the Brooklyn Bridge]
Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now, 1875
Kathleen Jones, Christina Rossetti: Learning Not to Be First, 2011
Virginia Rounding, Grandes Horizontales: the Lives and Legends of Four Nineteenth-Century Courtesans, 2003
Debra Mancoff, Jane Morris, The Pre-Raphaelite Model of Beauty, 2000
Emile Zola, The Ladies' Paradise, 1873 (translations may vary) SEE Masterpiece series, "The Paradise"
Gloria Groom, et al. Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, 2012
Debra Mancoff, Fashion in Impressionist Paris, 2012
Franny Moyle, Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites, 2011
Lucinda Hawksley, Lizzie Siddal: the Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel, 2009
Christopher Hitchens, Mortality, 2012
Robert Sullivan, My American Revolution: A Modern Expedition through History's Forgotten Battlegrounds, 2013
Natalie Dykstra, Clover Adams A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life, 2012
S. G. Gwynn, Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, 2010
Christopher Benfey, The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan, 2003
Dava Sobel, Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love, 2000
David McCullough, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, 2011
David McCullough, 1776, 2005
David McCullough, John Adams, 2008
Ross King, Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism, 2006
Susan Nagel, Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin, 2005
Jill Jonnes, Eiffel's Tower, and the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count, 2010
Edmund De Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, 2010 [alternate title: The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss]
Charles Calhoun, Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life, 2004
Christopher Benfey, Degas in New Orleans: Encounters in the Creole World of Kate Chopin and George Washington, 1999
A History of Art inSight: Where We've Been
Art inSight Study Tours Abroad 10 to 14 days, informal lectures and study materials; focus on sites, collections, and special events
2013 2012 2011 2010 2008 2007
"Prague: Art in the Heart of the Slav Homeland" "Catalunya: Art & Architecture at the Turn of the Century" "Paris: Impressionism & the Arts" (incl. Channel, Barbizon, Giverny) "Iberian Surprise: Art & History in Lisbon" "Glories of Britain, part III: Constable & English Landscape" (East Anglia) “Baroque to Secession: Vienna & the Arts”
“Dutch Golden Age: The Netherlands' Rembrandt Year”
“Venice, Queen of the Adriatic”
“The Best of Russia”
“Paris to Marseille, Art in the Heart of France” (two INTRAV study cruises)
"Art & Architecture in Madrid and the Heart of Spain"
"Berlin & Prague: History, Art & Architecture"
"Paris: City of the Impressionists"
"Flemish & Dutch Art: A Comprehensive Study Voyage" (Netherlands and Belgium, three INTRAV cruises)
“The Best of Italy” (Rome, Florence, Venice)
“Paris in the Second Empire: City of the Impressionists”
“Art at the Turn of the Century: Catalunya and Provence”
“The Glories of Britain, Part I: London & the Arts”
“Golden Age: The Arts in the North” (Denmark and The Netherlands)
“Mediterranean Masters: From the Ancients to the Moderns & Back” (CUNARD cruise: Spain, France, Italy)
“Vermeer and His Century” (Netherlands, Belgium)
“Masters of the Low Countries: Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Mondrian” (Netherlands, Belgium)
“Switzerland: History, Culture, Art”
“The Renaissance in Northern Italy: Venice and Milan”
“Art in the Heart of Italy: The Renaissance in Tuscany and Umbria”
“Masters of the Low Countries: Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Mondrian” (Netherlands, Belgium)
“Art and the English Landscape 1700-1850” (England, Wales)
“19th-Century French Painting: Heritage of Impressionism” (Ile-de-France, Normandy, Provence)
Art inSight Study Tours in the US 4 to 8 days, informal lectures and study materials; focus on sites, collections and special events
2013 2013 2012 2012 2012
2011 2010 2010 2009 2009 2008 2008 2007 2007
"Bastille Day on Lake Michigan: Fashion & French Art" "Heartland Collections & America's Newest Museum" "Vincent in the Rockies" (Denver and Colorado Springs) "Newport: Gilded Age by the Narragansett Bay" "Heartland Collections & America's Newest Museum" (Tulsa, OK City, Crystal Bridges) "Boston: Art & History in the Cradle of Liberty" "Japan Comes to Jackson" ("Orient Expressed;" Natchez) "Spirit of California: Art & History in the Bay Area" "Hidden Treasures: Women & the Arts in Washington, D.C." "Baltimore & Annapolis: Art & History around the Chesapeake" "Art and Architecture in Chicago's Golden Age" (Munch @ AIC) "Modern Art & Architecture in the City of Angels" (LA +) "Great Houses of the Hudson River" (New York to Albany) "Wright in the Heartland: Historic Art & Architecture in Wisconsin" “Historic Homes & Gardens of Virginia: Jamestown 400 and American History”
“Franklin and Philadelphia” (Citizen of Two Worlds and major museums and historic houses in and around Philadelphia)
“Texas Museum Blitz” (ten art museums of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston in three days)
“Chicago: Art and the Artful House in a Great American City”
“Arts in Atlanta” (Van Gogh to Mondrian Kröller-Müller collection at High Museum, other museums, historic Atlanta)
“Celebrate America: Louisiana, the Purchase, the Bicentennial" (Jefferson's America, Napoleon's France, New Orleans)
"Great American Museums: Dallas and Fort Worth" (Elderhostel course)
"Historic Charleston: Art & Architecture"
"Bastille Day 1999: Franco-Fête in New Orleans” (Degas in New Orleans and 3-Centuries observances)
"Van Gogh & The Getty” (Van Gogh’s Van Goghs, new Getty Center, museums, gardens, houses)
"Philadelphia: Art & Architecture in the Cradle of Liberty” (including Goya: Another Look and Maxfield Parrish)
“Perspectives on the 1890s: Mary Cassatt & Her Times” (Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman, art, architecture)
"France & America Meet in Jackson: Bastille Day 1998” (Splendors of Versailles, historic architecture)
"Art & Architecture in the Federal City” (special exhibitions, Washington museums and landmarks)
"Austin to Boston: Art & History" (Early Picasso and 1890s)
“Perspectives on the 1890s: Degas and His Times” (Chicago)
“Cézanne and the Art of His Time” (Philadelphia)
“Whistler and the French Avant-Garde” (Washington DC)
“Gustave Caillebotte, Urban Impressionist: The Painter & His Contemporaries” (Chicago)
“Late Monet & the Vieux Carré: Giverny Comes to the Crescent City” (New Orleans)
“New York & the Arts: The Hudson River School”
“New York: Broadway & the Arts” (Stuart Davis exhibition) "New York & the Arts" (centennial Seurat exhibition)
“Bastille Day's Bicentennial: Great French Art in America” (Philadelphia)
“Degas and the Arts” (New York City)
“The Art of Paul Gauguin” (Chicago)
“Van Gogh at St.-Rémy & Auvers / Matisse in Nice” (New York City, Washington DC)
"The New Painting: Impressionism 1874-1886” (San Francisco)
“The West Coast and the Arts” (Los Angeles and San Francisco) "A Day in the Country: Impressionism and Its Times" (Chicago)
Art inSight Inc. f. 1995; website 2007 designed by Kathy Kelly; Last update: March 8, 2014