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Art Study Center Seminar: Rodolphe Bresdin

Women near a Pool, c. 1859–60. Black ink and gray wash with slight touches of white gouache on thick off-white wove paper with embossed decorative border. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Art Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.773.


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Rodolphe Bresdin (1822–1885), one of the most visionary and eccentric graphic artists of the 19th century, was admired by such contemporaries as Victor Hugo and Charles Baudelaire. His drawings and prints, often technically complex and obsessively detailed, are the products of a quirky imagination that verges on the macabre, the exotic, and the fantastic. This seminar, led by Edouard Kopp, the Maida and George Abrams Associate Curator of Drawings, and Anne Driesse, Conservator of Works of Art on Paper, will explore the art historical and technical aspects of Bresdin’s originality by studying select works from our collections.

The seminar will take place in the Art Study Center, Level 4.

Free admission, but capacity is limited to 15 and registration is recommended. To register, please email

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program to allow sufficient time to sign in at the Art Study Center reception desk. Note that there is a wait list for this program; spots unclaimed by 11am will be released to those on the wait list. Please be prepared to present a photo ID.

Lockers are available on the Lower Level, Level 1, and Level 4 to check bags, coats, umbrellas, and any food or drink.