Christopher Benfey

Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.

Books
March 9 2011 10:21 AMTorrid Life, Transcendent ArtIt's awfully hard to revise the romantic myth of Modigliani.
Art
Feb. 2 2011 10:10 AMHead in the CloudsWhy was the painter John Constable so obsessed with clouds?
Art
June 16 2010 7:02 AMPicasso vs. DegasTwo giants of Modern painting face off at the Clark Art Institute.
Art
May 27 2009 7:03 AMThe Raw Vision of Francis Bacon Francis Bacon at 100.
Art
Nov. 26 2008 12:14 PMAndrea Riccio's Intricate UniverseA Renaissance master in bronze rediscovered.
Culturebox
Oct. 9 2008 11:43 AMEmily Dickinson's Secret Lover!Why the big news is being ignored.
Art
July 9 2008 6:58 AMWhistler's Velvet RevolutionThe art of painting softly.
Art
June 4 2008 7:00 AMIndustrial-Strength ArtThe photographers who found beauty in the factory.
Art
April 2 2008 7:10 AMSeven Mysteries of ChinaIs porcelain addictive?
Art
April 2 2008 7:10 AMLucian Freud, UnbuttonedFreud's grandson tells all.
Culturebox
Sept. 25 2007 11:39 AMMess MoCAAn artist and a museum fight over a work of art.
Books
Aug. 27 2007 2:20 PMOuting an Unfinished NovelEdmund White takes liberties with a Stephen Crane fragment.
Art
May 22 2007 3:00 PMThe Branding of RothkoHow his art became the ultimate luxury object.
Art
April 4 2007 7:20 AMThe Dark Side of Van GoghHow the Expressionists misunderstood their hero.
Art
March 13 2007 2:27 PMBeauty Is Back!What really makes art beautiful.
Art
Feb. 17 2011 7:20 AMCézanne's Card PlayersArt with a quietly subversive message.
Art
Sept. 29 2010 10:37 AMWelcome to Xanadu!Chinese art of the Yuan Dynasty at the Metropolitan.
Art
Sept. 30 2009 10:08 AMWatteau the WandererWhat accounts for his enduring, elusive appeal?
Art
Feb. 11 2009 6:53 AMThe UndeciderBonnard's changing place in modern art.
Art
Nov. 5 2008 4:53 PMJoan Miró's Wild DecadeHow he assassinated painting again and again.
Art
Sept. 24 2008 11:37 AMMorandi Returns to EarthAn Italian master at the Met.
Books
June 23 2008 8:10 AMWhy Implausibility SellsThe strange quest to write history in the absence of evidence.
Art
April 30 2008 6:51 AMSpain's Greatest Living PainterThe haunting Realism of Antonio López García.
Art
Feb. 20 2008 1:11 PMPoussin's Dark PassionsA god of French painting comes to America.
Art
Oct. 31 2007 11:59 AMThe Pointillist and the TerroristSeurat's quiet revolution.
Art
Sept. 19 2007 7:24 AMThe American Appetite for Dutch PaintingThe allure of conspicuous consumption.
Art
June 6 2007 7:07 AMRichard SerraThe sculptor who reinvented space.
Art
May 9 2007 7:20 AMEdward Hopper's Secret WorldHis classic American scenes hint at dark emotions.
Memoir Week
March 28 2007 11:02 AMIvory-Tower AmbassadorThe studying, and selling, of America.
Art
Feb. 21 2007 7:25 AMThe Genius of George StubbsHe had much more than horse sense.

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