A regular contributor to BBC1's 'Fake or Fortune', Anthea Callen FRSA was Professor of Art (Practice-led Research) in the School of Art, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra. She is now Professor Emeritus at the ANU, and also Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture at the University of Nottingham, UK. She trained as a painter and print-maker at Birmingham College of Art and Design (UK, now Birmingham City University) before her career in art history. She spent two years researching in Paris at the Sorbonne (British Institute), gained her MA by Research in Art History from Leicester University and her PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She has received a number of major fellowships and awards and has served on important international and national academic and scholarly bodies (see CV
). In 2015 Callen was awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship 2016-2018 to research a new book on Impressionist and post-Impressionist painting technique Painting the Avant-Garde
, for Yale University Press.
Anthea Callen lectured in art history at the University of Warwick before taking a Research Chair in art history at De Montfort University, Leicester, where she was also Head of Research for the Faculty of Art and Design. This was followed by the Chair in Visual Culture in the Art History Department at Nottingham University. Whilst there she was instrumental in founding Nottingham's new modern art gallery, Nottingham Contemporary, which opened in Autumn 2009. From 2011-2014 Callen held the Chair of Art (Practice-led Research), at the School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra.
Anthea Callen is widely published and an internationally renowned specialist on the history of artists’ materials and techniques; she regularly collaborates with museum conservators and curators in study of the historical materials and methods of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters, and appears as an expert on BBC1's 'Fake or Fortune'. Her publications include articles in scholarly journals, book chapters and essays; her latest essay is published this year in Japan, while a recent book chapter on Seurat's drawings appears in Seurat Re-viewed
(ed. Paul Smith, 2010). She is engaged in writing the Introduction to the National Gallery of Art Washington DC's new on-line Systematic Catalogue of late nineteenth-century French painting. As a feminist she has long been interested in gender and visual representation of the human body and published the formative text on women in design history on the Arts and Crafts movement, and a book on Degas, The Spectacular Body: Science, Method and Meaning in the Work of Degas
. This, and The Art of Impressionism: Painting Technique and the Making of Modernity
(2000), were both published by Yale University Press. Her major new book for Yale (2017), is on the modern male body and issues of masculinity in art and anatomy from 1750 to 1920: Looking at Men: Art, Anatomy and the Modern Male Body
. Her most recently book, The Work of Art: Plein air painting and artistic identity in nineteenth-century France
" is published by Reaktion Books (London, 2015), and distributed in the USA by the University of Chicago Press. (see BOOKS
A frequent visiting professor, national and international speaker, Callen gives public lectures, plenary talks and research papers in many countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and in Continental Europe and the UK (see APPEARANCES