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Kelly Hill

Kelly Hill is a Humanities instructor at the University of Louisville. She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University, and she loves Impressionist, Surrealist, and Abstract Expressionist art. She's been known to bore her friends and family with discussions about representations of gender in 19th century art. If she could only look at one painting for the rest of her life, it would be Degas’s The Star.

Stories By Kelly Hill

  • Art Nouveau

    Gerda Wegener: Art Deco Feminist

    By August 28, 2020

    Today Gerda Wegener is best known for her lesbian and feminist art. She was also married to a trans woman, the landscape artist Lili Elbe. Their marriage was later dramatized in David Habershoff’s 2000 book The...

  • 19th Century

    5 Artists Who Likely Suffered From Syphilis

    By July 31, 2020

    Also known as the French disease or great pox, syphilis was a common sexually transmitted disease in Europe in the 1800s. In fact, 10-15% of Europeans in the 19th century were likely infected with the bacterial...

  • 19th Century

    5 Things You Need to Know About Australian Impressionism

    By June 11, 2020

    Australian Impressionism might not be as well known as its French counterpart, but this late 19th century art movement was important to the country. In fact, some consider these artists to be part of the first...

  • 20th century

    Anita Berber: Femme Fatale of the Weimar Republic

    By May 14, 2020

    Born on 10 June, 1899 in Dresden Germany, Anita Berber shocked and entertained the cabaret and bourgeois crowd of the Weimar Republic right up to her untimely death at the age of 29. Film star, nude...

  • 19th Century

    Painting of the Week: Vincent van Gogh, Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige)

    By May 10, 2020

    In the mid 19th century, Japanese ports were suddenly opened up to international trade, and Europeans went crazy for Japanese culture and art, especially woodblock prints. A new word in French, Japonisme, was even created to describe this...

  • 19th Century

    The Scandalous Nudes of Gustave Courbet

    By May 1, 2020

    In the 19th century, French painter and rebel Gustave Courbet generated outrage with his scandalous nudes. What exactly was so scandalous about his paintings? Courbet had the audacity to paint (gasp) real women in the nude. Courbet and...

  • 20th century

    Keeping up with the Boys: Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler

    By April 29, 2020

    It’s often the men of Abstract Expressionism who are best known: Jackson Pollock and his famous “drip” technique; Willem de Kooning’s abstract women; Mark Rothko’s colorful rectangles. Yet it’s Frankenthaler who, after seeing what Pollock was...

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