Lauren Erickson

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Lauren specializes in late nineteenth-century French painting. She is particularly interested in artists such as Gustave Caillebotte and Frédéric Bazille and their attention to the people and particularities of modern French life. Lauren gravitates toward paintings that reveal an artist’s experimentation with and enjoyment of putting pigment to canvas. Her research and analysis thus often focuses on the phenomenological and socio-historical aspects of such paintings. Throughout her graduate work, she has written extensively about Caillebotte’s paintings of bodies and body parts, Gerard Dou’s curious grocery shop window-ledge, Grace Hartigan’s Mexican-inspired abstracts, and Wayne Thiebaud’s richly painted scenes of cake and confectionery, among other topics. 

Lauren presented “A Metropolitan Meat Metamorphosis: Slaughter, Butchery, and Cuisine in Caillebotte’s Paris” at the Kress Foundation Department of Art History Graduate Symposium in 2016, and she gave a Senior Session talk—“Rich: Layers of Meaning in Thiebaud’s Around the Cake”—at the Spencer Museum of Art in 2017. 

Fields of Study

Nineteenth-Century French Art
Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art
American Art 1900-1950


MA, University of Kansas
BA, University of Kansas
BSJ, University of Kansas


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