Théo de Luca

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19th-Century European Art

Théo de Luca studies nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French painting, with a particular focus on the oeuvre of Paul Cézanne. His research interests include seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French art, postwar European and American painting and sculpture, the history and theory of painting, the history of collecting, as well as the survival of Classical art and the Renaissance in Modern art. He received a B.A. in History of Art and Archaeology from the Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, after completing his years of Lettres Supérieures and Première Supérieure at the Lycée Montaigne in Bordeaux. He also holds a Maîtrise in History of Art from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, and an M.A. in History of Art with Distinction from University College London (UCL), where his research was supervised by Professor Briony Fer.

Prior to joining Yale’s doctoral program in History of Art, Théo de Luca worked with the Director of Bordeaux’s CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain on the preparation of major international exhibitions, in collaboration with institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Berlin’s KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofía. He later served as a Member of the Sales & Curatorial Team at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (London, Paris, Salzburg), where he specialized in the work of German artist Joseph Beuys. Most recently, he published his debut book — published by the Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König in Cologne — on the seminal 1981 exhibition ‘A New Spirit in Painting’, and presented it at London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in January 2020. This publication features an essay he authored, as well as interviews he conducted with Georg Baselitz, Rainer Fetting, Anthony d’Offay, Thaddaeus Ropac, Jean-Louis Froment, Tim Marlow, Sir Norman Rosenthal, and Sir Nicholas Serota.