Lilien F. Robinson

Professor of Art History
Room 112, Smith Hall

A specialist in nineteenth-century European art, Professor Robinson’s current research focuses on Serbian painting.  Her journal articles on various aspects of this topic, published in Serbian Studies, include “Paja Jovanović and the Imaging of War and Peace” (2010), “Exploring Modernity in the Art of Krstić, Jovanović, and Predić”(2009), “Interpreting  Western Academic Traditions in 19th-Century Serbian Painting” (2008), and “19th-Century Serbian Painting: A confluence of Nationalism and Secularism”(2003).

She is the author of La Vie Moderne: 19th Century French Art in the Corcoran Gallery and co-author of Antoine-Louis Barye.  She was guest curator of the accompanying exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery.  Professor Robinson is the author of “Anna Klumpke: In Context” in Anna Klumpke(Arizona State University), Patterns, Places, and Things (Richard Green Galleries, London), and exhibition catalogs on the work of contemporary artists exhibiting in New York, Ohio, Washington D.C., and Maryland. She has served as president of the North American Society for Serbian Studies and co-editor of its journal.  She has presented papers at the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and lectures at the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery, University of Houston, and the Smithsonian.  Professor Robinson chaired the FAAH Department for 22 years and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee for 14 terms.  She is the recipient of the GWU Award, the Columbian College Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Trachtenberg Service Prize.


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University