History of Art and Architecture

Clarisse Fava-Piz

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Biography

Clarisse is a PhD candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, where she works under the supervision of Professor Kirk Savage.  In her dissertation, she investigates sculpture and issues of national identity in the context of the international Paris Salons.  Her research interests encompass the study of transatlantic artistic exchanges, the history of the art market, and connoisseurship in the nineteenth-century, with a particular focus on sculpture.

Her master’s thesis explored questions of transnationalism and cultural transfers brought about by the migration of Spanish sculptors from Madrid and Barcelona to Paris at the turn of the twentieth century. Her most recent project was a study of the transatlantic career of Irish-American sculptor Andrew O’Connor (1874-1941), an admirer of Rodin who reinvented himself in several different national contexts, and challenged the medium of sculpture by redefining the representation of the hero, and the traditional genre of the war memorial.

Clarisse received her M.A. in Art History from the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense, and her B.A. in Art History from the Université Sorbonne (Paris IV). She has worked at the Getty Research Institute, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and the National Institute of Art History (INHA).

Education Details

Ph.D. (in progress), History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh. ABD, November 2017.

Master of Arts, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, 2016.

Master of Arts, History of Art and Architecture, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense, 2012.

B.A., Art History, Université Sorbonne- Paris IV, 2009.

Selected Publications

“Reconsidering ‘Rodinism’ in the United States: The Case of George Grey Barnard’s Prodigal Son. In Rodin, l’onde de choc, Paris: Musée Rodin, Fundación Carlos Slim. (trilingual) (forthcoming 2017)

“Mapping Spanish Sculptors in Paris (1880-1914): Artistic Exchanges and Identity Formation Across the Pyrenees.” In Cristina Rodríguez Samaniego, Irene Gras Valero (eds.), Modern Sculpture and the Question of Status, Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, 2017. (forthcoming 2017)

Exhibition review, “Solidez y Belleza: Miguel Blay en el Museo Nacional del Prado.”  Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Spring 2017)

“Del mediterraneismo de Maillol al noucentisme catalán: contraposiciones entre las formas clásicas y las modernas de la escultura franco-catalana al inicio del siglo XX.” In Copia e invención. Modelos, réplicas, series y citas en la escultura europea, Valladolid: Museo Nacional de Escultura, 2013, p. 415-427. (2013)

Invited Lectures

Invited Lecturer, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain (June 2016)

Lecture and webcast on “Miguel Blay en París: Esculpir en la época de Rodin”
[“Miguel Blay in Paris: Sculpting in the Age of Rodin”]

Selected Conferences

“Reconsidérer le ‘rodinisme’ aux Etats-Unis : le cas du Fils Prodigue de George Grey Barnard,” Rodin, l’onde de choc, colloque du centenaire. Grand Palais, Paris, France, March 2017.

“Mapear los escultores españoles en París: Intercambios transpirineos y construcción de identidad,” Sculpting the Sculptor. University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, November 2016.                                                                                                                                                                          

“The Body Displaced: Andrew O’Connor’s Monument Le Débarquement,” Doing the Body in the 21st Century. Pittsburgh, PA, April 2016.

“Embodying Mobility in Andrew O’Connor’s Oeuvre: From Commodore Barry to Le Débarquement,Sculpting Abroad: International Mobility of Nineteenth-Century Sculptors and Their Work. Ghent, Belgium, February 2016.

“Mapping Spanish Sculptors in Paris 1880-1914, or How Digital Technologies Enhance Traditional Visualizations in Art History.” Southeastern College Art Conference. Pittsburgh, PA, October 2015.

“De l’atelier aux Salons : le cas de Miguel Blay y Fábrega, un sculpteur espagnol à Paris au tournant du XXe siècle.” La Sculpture aux XIXe et XXe siècle : un siècle d’échanges européens. Musée Rodin, Paris, France, June 2013.

“Madrid-Barcelona/Rome/Paris: The Journey of Spanish Sculptors in France and Italy in the Nineteenth Century,” The International Consortium of Art History’s 11th International Spring School, Norwich, UK, May 2013.

“Del mediterraneismo de Maillol al noucentisme catalán: contraposiciones entre las formas clásicas y las modernas de la escultura franco-catalana al inicio del siglo XX,” Copy & Invention: Models, Replicas, Series and Quotes in European Sculpture, Valladolid, Spain, February 2013.

Selected Awards

Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2017-2018

Center for Curatorial Leadership/Mellon Foundation Seminar, 2017

Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Summer Research Grant, University of Pittsburgh, 2016 & 2017

Friends of the Frick Fine Arts Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh, 2015

Dean’s Summer Research Travel Grant, University of Pittsburgh, 2015

J. Paul Getty Trust Graduate Internship, 2013 – 2014

National Gallery of Art Summer Internship, 2012