Dr. David Misteli, BA MA

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T: +43-1-4277-41442
E: david.misteli@univie.ac.at


I am a Postdoc Faculty Member with the Department of Art History at the University of Vienna. After completing my PhD in Art History at the University of Basel in 2021 and before joining the University of Vienna, I was awarded an Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation and served as a Visiting Professor for Art History at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

Currenty, I am finishing my first book Van Gogh in Paris. Malerei und Ausdruck in der Moderne that reframes van Gogh’s painting in the context of the Parisian Avantgarde of the 1880s. In the face of a major crisis of expression in modern art, I argue, van Gogh’s Parisian landscapes reveal the painter’s profound engagement with modern painting’s dissatisfactions whilst simultaneously bringing to the fore his true modernism. Also, I am preparing a second project dedicated to the nexus between painting and novel in the 19th and early 20th century, from Honoré Daumier’s Cervantes reception to Vanessa Bell’s and Virginia Woolf’s sisterhood, and their common struggle to give artistic form to the emerging modern social and political forms of life, and, more generally, to modern life as a matter of (self-)formation.