Past Events

The Decorative Art of Display: The Case of Hugh Lane

Research Seminar – Morna O'Neill

  • 28 May 2014
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Seminar Room, Paul Mellon Centre
Group of men sat at table in front of large painting of woman

William Orpen, Homage to Manet, 1909, oil on canvas, 162.9 x 130 cm. Collection Manchester Art Gallery (1910.9).

Digital image courtesy of Manchester City Galleries / Bridgeman Images.

This talk will explore the intertwined discourses of fine and decorative art in the Edwardian era through an examination of career of Hugh Lane.  A successful dealer of Old Master pictures and collector of modern art based in London, Lane invented the role of freelance curator, and his exhibition projects suggest the ways in which decorative art is able to be to both public and private in the same moment, a product of individual will and collective action.

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About the speaker

  • Head and shoulders photo of Morna O'Neill

    Morna O’Neill is assistant professor of art history at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She teaches courses in eighteenth and nineteenth-century European art and the history of photography. Her research addresses the conjunction of art, design, and politics at the end of the nineteenth century.