Professor of Art History
Visual Arts Center - 209
Examines the work of Manet and its critical reception from the nineteenth century to the present. Manet has been considered the paradigmatic modern artist, and the reception and interpretation of his work elucidates both a contested history of modernism’s meaning, and the critical historiography of the discipline of art history itself. Authors may include Baudelaire, Zola, T.J. Clark, Michael Fried, Pierre Bourdieu, and Griselda Pollock.
Professor Fletcher teaches courses ranging from Eighteenth-Century Art to Contemporary Art and Theory, with a particular focus on exhibition culture and British art. She has offered advanced seminars on the History of the Commercial Art Gallery; Modernism and the Nude; and The Pre-Raphaelites.
Classes often take advantage of the rich holdings of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, in particular their collections of Victorian photography, modernist works on paper and contemporary art.
Los Angeles Review of Books: The Digital in the Humanities: An Interview with Pamela Fletcher. June, 2016
Co-editor (with Anne Helmreich), The Rise of the Modern Art Market in London, 1850-1939. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, Fall 2011.
London Gallery Project, co-authored with David N. Israel, 2007; Revised September 2012.
“Human Character and Character-Reading at the Edwardian Royal Academy,” Visual Culture in Britain 14, no. 1 (2013): 21-35.
Pamela Fletcher and Anne Helmreich, with David N. Israel and Seth Erickson. “Local/Global: Mapping Nineteenth-Century London’s Art Market,” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 11, no. 3 (Autumn 2012) [http://19thc-artworldwide.org/index.php/autumn12/fletcher-helmreich-mapping-the-london-art-market (The first article published in NCAW’s Digital Humanities and Art History series, funded by the A. W. Mellon Foundation.) 2014 Association of Research Institutes in Art History Online Publishing Prize.
“The Grand Tour on Bond Street: Cosmopolitanism and the Commercial Art Gallery in Victorian London,” Visual Culture in Britain, Summer 2011.
“Happiness Lost: William Powell Frith and the Painting of Modern Life,” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 33, no. 2 (June 2011).
“Narrative Painting and Visual Gossip at the Early-Twentieth-Century Royal Academy,” Oxford Art Journal, 2009 32(2):243-262
“‘To wipe a manly tear;’ The Aesthetics of Emotion in Victorian Narrative Painting,” Victorian Studies Volume 51, Number 3, Spring 2009
co-authored with Anne Helmreich, “The Periodical and the Art Market: Investigating the ‘Dealer-Critic System’ in Victorian England,” Victorian Periodicals Review 41, no. 4 (Winter 2008): 323-51.
"Virtue, Vice, Sex, and Gossip: Narratives of Gender in Late Victorian and Edwardian Painting," Remapping British Art and Architecture Editors Dana Arnold, and David Peters Corbett. Commissioned for Blackwell; forthcoming.
"Creating the French Gallery: Ernest Gambart and the Rise of the Commercial Art Gallery in Mid-Victorian London," Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Volume 6, no. 1 (Spring 2007).
"Consuming Modern Art: Metaphors of Gender, Commerce and Value in Late Victorian and Edwardian Art Criticism." Visual Culture in Britain, Volume 6 Issue 2, Winter 2005, pp 157-170.
"Masculinity, Money, and Modern Art: The Sentence of Death by John Collier." English Art, 1860-1914: Modern Artists and Identity. Eds. David Peters Corbett and Lara Perry (Manchester University Press, 2000).
“William Maw Egley” and “Marcus Stone,” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Review of Katharine Lochnan and Carol Jacobi (eds.), Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009), Victorian Studies, 52, no. 3 (Spring 2010): 476-8.
Review of Peter Trippi and Elizabeth Prettejohn (eds.), J. W. Waterhouse: The Modern Pre-Raphaelite (Royal Academy Publishing, 2009), caa.reviews.
Review of Kimberly Rhodes, Ophelia and Victorian Visual Culture: Representing Body Politics in the Nineteenth Century (Ashgate, 2008), Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, Fall 2009.
Review of Lara Kriegel, Grand Designs: Labor, Empire and the Museum in Victorian Culture (Duke University Press, 2007), Historians of British Art Newsletter, 2008.
Review of Alexander Sturgis, Rupert Christiansen, Lois Oliver, and Michael Wilson, Rebels and Martyrs: The Image of the Artist in the Nineteenth Century (London: National Gallery, Distributed by Yale University Press, 2006), Victorian Studies 50, no. 2 (Winter 2008): 318-9.
“Claude Phillips” and “D.S. MacColl,” Entries in The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism, ed. Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor (Ghent and London: Academia Press and the British Library), 2008.
Review of Tim Barringer, Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2005). caa.reviews, April 2007.
"Edward Mitchell Bannister," in African American Lives. Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. (Oxford University Press, 2004).
"Painting, Genres of," in The Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era. Editor James Eli Adams. (Grolier Academic Press, 2004).
"Painting," and "The Politics of Representation," in The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women. Editors Cheris Kramarae and Dale Spender. (Routledge, 2000.)
"Illustration" and 15 catalogue entries in The Post-Pre-Raphaelite Print: Etching, Illustration, Reproductive Engraving, and Photography in England in and around the 1860s. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, 1995.
"The Victorians," exhibition review, Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art Newsletter, 4/1 (April 1997).
Pablo Picasso - Spanish, 1881-1973
Still Life with Woman with Guitar (Nature Morte and Woman with a Guitar), 1921 - gouache on paper
Bequest of William H. Alexander, in memory of his friend, Howard Hoyt Shiras, M.D.
2003.11.61 Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Julia Margaret Cameron - British, 1815-1879
Portrait of Maud. 1870-1872 - vintage albumen print from glass plate negative
Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
"Maps, Networks, and Art Markets: Doing Digital Art History", Wesleyan Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative, March, 2015.
Invited Seminar Leader (with Morna O’Neill), “Storytelling and Play in Victorian Art and Visual Culture,” North American Victorian Studies Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, November 2011.
Keynote Address, “Moralities in the Visual Arts,” 36th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, Department of Art History, University of California Santa Barbara, April 2011.
“Edwardian Obituaries for Victorian Art,” British Association of Modernist Studies and Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, University of Glasgow, December 2010.
“Happiness Lost: The Space of Victorian Modern-Life Genre Painting,” North AmericanVictorian Studies Association Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, November 2010.
“Human Character at the Edwardian Royal Academy, c. 1910,” Midwest Conference on British Studies Annual Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, October 2010.
“The Problem of Painting Modern Life, c. 1850,” New England Conference on British Studies, Burlington, Vermont, September 2010.
“Victorian Old Masters,” Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Venice,Italy, April 2010.
“Gossiping at the Royal Academy,” Symposium in honor of Natalie Boymel Kampen, Barnard College and Columbia University, New York, October 2009.
“Shopping for Art: The Rise of the Commercial Art Gallery,” Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States joint conference with the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 2009.
Co-chair, “Galleries, Dealers and Critics: London’s Art Market in the Nineteenth Century,” Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States joint conference with the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 2009.
“Happiness Lost: William Powell Frith and the Painting of Modern Life,” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York, April 2009.
“ ‘To wipe a manly tear:’ The Aesthetics of Emotion in Victorian Narrative Painting,” North American Victorian Studies Association, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, November 2008.
“The Grand Tour on Bond Street: Cosmopolitanism and the Commercial Art Gallery,” Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, April 2008.
“Modern Masters and ‘Cheap French Chic:’ Cosmopolitanism in the Victorian Art Market” Northeast Victorian Studies Association Annual Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2007.
Chair, "A Nation of Shopkeepers: Innovation and the Art Market in Great Britain," College Art Association, New York, February 2007.
"Shopping for Art: Commercial Art Galleries and Their Publics 1870-1914," The Rise of the London Art Market. Tate Britain, London, February 2007.
"Apologia Pro Arte Mea: A Critic's Perspective on the Art Market and the Press," Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, New York, 2006.
"Artistic Circulation: The Social Lives of Victorian Paintings", North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) Conference, September 2006.
"Cosmopolitan Connoisseurs: The Commercial Art Gallery and Its Publics," Internationalism and the Arts: Cultural Exchange between Britain and Europe at the Fin de Siecle, Magdalene College, Cambridge University, July 2006.
"Cocaine Addicts and Bolsheviks: Gossip and Topicality in British Narrative Painting," College Art Association, Boston, February 2006.
"The Social Practice of Victorian Art," commentator for the panel "New Market/New Economies: Art and Design Discourses c. 1840-1890," North American Conference on British Studies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2004
"Consuming Modern Art: Metaphors of Gender, Commerce, and Value in Late Victorian and Edwardian Art Criticism." Visual Culture and Taste in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain, Centre for Visual Culture in Britain, University of Northumbria, July 2004
" 'Let me be your banker': The Rise of the Commercial Art Gallery in Mid-Victorian London," North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, Bloomington, Indiana, October 2003.
"Art, Commerce, and the Nation: Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery." College Art Association, New York, February 2003.
"The Fallen Woman and the New Woman: The Prodigal Daughter by John Collier." College Art Association, Los Angeles, February 1999.
Summer Research at Bowdoin: Mapping the Emergence of the Modern Art Gallery
Campus News: Gibbons Interns Tackle Interdisciplinary Projects With the Help of Technology
Academic Spotlight: "The British Problem Picture"
Getty Research Library Grant, Getty Foundation, 2008
Fletcher Faculty Research Grant, Bowdoin College, 2008
Faculty Research Grant, Bowdoin College, 2006
Student Immersion / Faculty Focus GIS Workshop National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE), 2005
Research Support Grant, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2004
Coca-Cola Grant for Gender and Women's Studies Scholarship, The Ohio State University, 2000-01
Chester Dale Fellowship, National Gallery of Art (CASVA), 1995-96
President's Fellowship, Columbia University, 1992-97