S. Hollis (Holly) Clayson
September - December 2009
S. Hollis Clayson, professor of art history and Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, specializes in the social history of nineteenth-century art rooted in Paris. Her publications include Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era (Los Angeles, 1991; reprint 2003); a co-edited thematic study, Understanding Paintings: Themes in Art Explored and Explained (New York, 2000; translated into six other languages); and Paris in Despair: Art and Everyday Life Under Siege (1870--71) (Chicago, 2002). She has most recently written three essays investigating the arts of privacy and the interior. At the Clark she heads back out into the street to work on Electric Paris: The City of Light in the Visual Cultures of the Transatlantic (1870--1914).