Michelle Foa

311 Woldenberg Art Center
(504) 314-2227

Michelle Foa, Georges Seurat: The Art of Vision

Michelle Foa, Associate Professor, History of Art

Michelle Foa is an Associate Professor of European art from the 18th through the early 20th centuries, with a particular focus on 19th-century French art and culture.  Her book, titled Georges Seurat: The Art of Vision, was published in 2015 by Yale University Press and takes the artist’s interest in vision as its central focus.  Professor Foa situates Seurat’s body of work as a sustained meditation on different forms of visual engagement with the outside world and as an exploration of the diverse states of mind that these visual experiences can elicit.  Other research interests include the relationship between 19th-century art and literature and theories of sensory perception, art criticism, historiography, and fiction about art, the history of photography, and 19th-century exhibition spaces and practices.

Before coming to Tulane in 2008, the year that she completed her doctorate at Princeton University, Professor Foa taught at Mount Holyoke College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton.

Professor Foa has been awarded a William L. Duren ’26 Professorship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Recent Publications:

Georges Seurat: The Art of Vision, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2015.

“‘One Art Eating the Other’ in Emile Zola’s L’Oeuvre,” in Art and Music as Rival Sisters at the Birth of Modernism, 1800-1900. Aldershot, U.K. and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Press, 2014.

“(Anti) Biography and Neo-Impressionism,” RIHA: Journal of the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art, special issue on Neo-Impressionism, July 2012.

“Textual Inhibitions: Photographic Criticism in Late Victorian Britain,” History of Photography, February 2012.

“On the Spaces of Painting and Perception: Seurat and Helmholtz” in Georges Seurat: Figure in Space, exhibition catalogue for the Kunsthaus Zürich and the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, ed. Christoph Becker, Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2009.  Catalogue published in English, French, and German editions.


Tulane University, Newcomb Art Dept., 202 Woldenberg Art Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5327