History of Art and Architecture

Clarisse Fava-Piz



Clarisse is a 2018-2019 Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., where she is completing her dissertation, 'Sculpting Beyond Borders: Local Identity and Transnational Mobility during the Age of Rodin.' 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

"Spanish Sculptors and the Paris 'Salon Culture,' 1880-1914: the Case of Miguel Blay y Fábrega." Sculpture Journal, Vol. 27, Issue 1, 2018, p. 47-60.

“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, 2018.

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

“Sculpting beyond Borders: Andrew O’Connor’s Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Rodin,” Transnationalism and Sculpture in the Long Nineteenth Century (ca. 1785-1915). CAA 2019 – AHNCA Affiliated Session. New York City, USA, February 2019.

“Spoiled for Choice: George Grey Barnard and the Paris Salons.” 2019 SAAM Fellows Lectures in American Art. Washington D.C., USA, May 2019.

"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

Andrew Mellon Fellowship, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 2019 - 2020.

Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., 2018-2019

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

Center for Curatorial Leadership/Mellon Foundation Seminar, New York City, 2017

Dietrich School Summer Research Grants, University of Pittsburgh, 2015-2018

J. Paul Getty Trust Graduate Internship, Los Angeles, 2013 – 2014

National Gallery of Art Summer Internship, Washington D.C., 2012