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David O'Brien

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate Professor, Art and Design

David O’Brien is Associate Professor at the University of Illinois and specializes in European art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His research focuses especially on art and politics in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods. He is the author of After the Revolution: Antoine-Jean Gros, Painting, and Propaganda under Napoleon (Penn State University Press and Editions Gallimard, 2006). His teaching and writing also addresses European perceptions of North Africa and the Middle East. Dr. O’Brien has a secondary interest in contemporary art. With David Prochaska he has published the catalog Beyond East and West: Seven Transnational Artists (Krannert Art Museum and University of Washington Press, 2004). He is co-editor of "Remembering Brown at Fifty: The University of Illinois Commemorates 'Brown v Board of Education'" (forthcoming from University of Illinois Press), which includes works and essays by artists, writers, scholars and activists about the landmark Supreme Court decision.

Areas of Expertise

Art History (18th and 19th Centuries), Europe, Orientalism

Countries Covered

Europe and North Africa

Potential Lecture Topics

  • "Orientalism in Art"
  • "Islam in 19th Century French Painting"