Elizabeth C. Childs
Etta and Mark Steinberg Professor of Art History
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Vanishing Paradise: Art and Exoticism in Colonial Tahiti, 1880-1901 (University of California Press, 2013).
“Exoticisms in the South Seas: John La Farge and Henry Adams encounter the Pacific,” and “Common Ground: La Farge and Gauguin in Tahiti,” in John La Farge’s Other Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890-91 (New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery and Yale University Press, 2010).
Daumier and Exoticism: Satirizing the French and the Foreign, Peter Lang Press, 2004.
"Catholicism and the Modern Mind: The Painter as Writer in Late Career," in Gauguin: Tahiti, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 2004, pp. 223-242.
"Gauguin as Author: Writing the Studio of the Tropics," The Van Gogh Museum Journal, 2003, pp. 70-87.
"Eden's Other: Gauguin and the ethnographic grotesque," in Frances Connelly, ed. The Grotesque and Modern Art, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 175-192.
"Seeking the Studio of the South: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Avant-Garde Identity," in Cornelia Homburg, ed. Vincent Van Gogh and the Painters of the Petit Boulevard, Rizzoli Press with the St. Louis Art Museum, 2001, pp. 113-152.
"The Colonial Lens: Gauguin, Primitivism, and Photography in the fin-de-siècle," in Lynda Jessup, ed. Antimodernism and Artistic Experience: Policing the Boundaries of Modernity, University of Toronto Press, 2001, pp. 50-70.
Three essays [on Degas as photographer, on Gauguin’s use of colonial photographs, and on idea of a photographic muse for painters of modernism] in Dorothy Kosinski, and curatorial consultant for The Artist and the Camera: Degas to Picasso (Yale University Press, 2000), pp. 24-33; 70-87; 116-141.
Suspended License: Censorship and the Visual Arts, Seattle: University of Washington Press (1997)
"Time’s Profile: John Wesley Powell, Geology and Art at the Grand Canyon, 1869-1882,” American Art, vol. 10, no. 2 (Spring 1996): 7-36.
“Big Trouble: Daumier, Gargantua and the Censorship of Political Caricature,”
Art Journal, vol. 51 (Spring 1992): 26-37.
Femmes d’esprit: Women in the Caricature of Honoré Daumier, Hanover: University Press of New England, 1990 (co-edited and co-curated with Kristen Powell).
Honoré Daumier: A Thematic Guide to the Oeuvre, (edited, with Louis Provost), Garland Press, 1989.
Handbook to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, (co-authored with L. Flint), Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1986 (author of 50 entries).
Her book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Master Drawings, Women's Art Journal, and Pacific Studies. In recent years, she has lectured or given papers at New York University, the University of North Carolina, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, The College Art Association meetings, and The Society for French Historical Studies meetings, to name a few.