Alex Weintraub, PHD

Eugène Delacroix, Self-Portrait, 1818-19

Alex Weintraub is a New York City-based art historian and critic. He is currently a PhD candidate in Columbia University's Department of Art History and Archaeology, where he specializes in the history of Modern European Art (1750-1945). His thesis, “Authoring Art in Nineteenth-Century France, 1793-1902,” explores how a group of ambitious painters and writers—Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Eugène Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Vincent Van Gogh, and Émile Zola—confronted period concerns surrounding art's authorship in their secondary practices. Research for this project has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Program, the Netherland-America Foundation, and the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust. 

Mr. Weintraub has published and presented his work widely: in the peer-reviewed journal nonsite; in exhibition catalogs for the Museum of Modern Art and the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles; and at conferences held at the MoMA, the Frick Collection, the University of Amsterdam, and the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (Paris). Alongside his art historical writing, Alex regularly contributes to the Los Angeles Review of Books as a film critic.