Wesleyan portrait of Katherine M. Kuenzli

Katherine M. Kuenzli

Professor of Art History

Boger Hall, 307

Program Director

Professor, German Studies

1 Vine Street,


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BA Yale University
MA University of California, Berkeley
PHD University of California, Berkeley

Katherine M. Kuenzli

Katherine Kuenzli's research focuses on European modernism, 1880 to the present. Her topics of research include art and politics; constructions of the total work of art (Gesamtkunstwerk); interrelationships between painting, architecture, and design; boundaries between public and private spheres; formulations of national versus international cultures; and museums, their history and public.  Her publications include two books, The Nabis and Intimate Modernism (Routledge, 2010) and Henry van de Velde: Designing Modernism (Yale University Press, 2019), with a third, Henry van de Velde: Selected Essays, 1889-1914 under review with the Getty Research Institute. Future projects include a study of English Arts and Crafts reformers' dialogue with Indian and craft; and a study of the work and writings of Anni Albers. Essays and articles by Kuenzli have appeared in The Art Bulletin, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Art History, and Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, as well as in numerous edited volumes and exhibition catalogues. Her work has been supported by ACLS, Canadian Center for Architecture, Chateaubriand, DAAD, Dedalus, Fulbright, Furthermore, Getty Library, Klassik Stiftung Weimar, and NEH grants.

At Wesleyan, Kuenzli offers courses in modern European art from the French Revolution through World War II, including surveys of nineteenth-century modernism and the twentieth-century avant-garde, and seminars “Vincent Van Gogh and the Myth of Genius” and “Modernism and the Total Work of Art.”

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Mondays 9-10:20am

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Fall 2020
ARHA 241 - 01
Intro to European Avant-Garde

ARHA 339 - 01
Total Work of Art

Spring 2021
ARHA 110 - 01
Introduction to Western Art II

ARHA 240 - 01
The Birth of Modern Art