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Gale Murray

Professor, Chair

Gale is an authority on Toulouse-Lautrec. She's currently working on articles about his song illustrations and his altered paintings, as well as on a sequel to her first book which dealt with his early career. This one covers his mature and later years (1892-1901) and addresses subjects in his work such as the theater, popular song, prostitution, and the representation of Jewish subjects. Her newest project is a study of the cycle of monumental sculptures of French Queens and famous women that was installed in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris in the 1840s.

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Colorado College, 1991-; chair, Art Department 2004-2007,1998-2002;1992-96; associate chair, 2003-2006
  • Nancy Bryson Schlosser and C. William Schlosser Professor in the Arts, 2006-2009
  • Judson M. Bemis Professor of the Humanities, Colorado College, 1994-97
  • Associate Professor, Colorado College, 1985-90
  • Assistant Professor, Colorado College, 1978-84, tenured 1984; acting chair, Art Department 1983-84
  • Instructor of Art, Colorado College, 1976-78
  • Visiting Instructor in Art, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, Spring 1976
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Autumn 1975, 1973 -74
  • Teaching Preceptor in Art History, Columbia University, 1973-74, 1972-73

Fellowships and Grants

  • Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award, 1993
  • American Philosophical Society Grant, 1989-9
  • Colorado College Benezet Summer Fellowship, 1999, 1995, 1994, 1992, 1989, 1987
  • American Council of Learned Societies Grant-in-Aid, Summer 1983
  • Columbia University, Noble Foundation Fellowship, 1974-75
  • French Government Grant, Spring 1975
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to France, 1971-72
  • Columbia University Kress Foundation Grant, 1970-71



Toulouse-Lautrec: The Formative Years, 1878-1891, Oxford University Press, Clarendon
Studies in the History of Art, 1991.Awarded a subsidy by the Millard Meiss Publication
Fund of the College Art Association of America
Toulouse-Lautrec: A Retrospective, an anthology of witness accounts of the artist, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates and Macmillan Press, 1992 (French edition: Toulouse-Lautrec: Un peintre,une vie, une oeuvre, Belfond, 1992)

Articles and Essays

Article/review of Richard Thomson, et al, Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 2005. CAA Online Reviews, 2006
“Music Illustration in the Circle of Bonnard: From Naturalism to Symbolism,” in Dennis Cate, Gale B. Murray, and Richard Thomson, Prints Abound: Paris in the 1890s, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2001
"Toulouse-Lautrec's Illustrations for Victor Joze and Georges Clemençeau and their
Relationship to French Anti-Semitism of the 1890s," in Linda Nochlin and Tamar Garb, eds.,
The Jew in the Text.Modernity and the Politics of Identity, London, Thames and Hudson, 1995
"A 'Flattering Project': Toulouse-Lautrec's Illustrations of Victor Hugo's Poetry," Actes duColloque Toulouse-Lautrec, 1992, Albi, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, 1994
Review of Richard Thomson et al, Toulouse-Lautrec, exh. cat., Hayward Gallery, London, and Grand Palais, Paris, Yale University Press, 1991, Drawing 14, no. 4 (Nov.-Dec. 1992):85-87.
Introduction to The Letters of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ed.Herbert Schimmel, Oxford
University Press, 1991 (French edition: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Correspondance,
Gallimard, 1992)
"The Theme of the Quadrille Naturaliste in the Art of Toulouse-Lautrec," Arts Magazine 5 (Dec. 1980):68-75
"Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: A Checklist of Revised Dates, 1878-1891," Gazette desBeaux-Arts 95 (Feb. 1980):77-90
Article/review of M. G. Dortu, Toulouse-Lautrec et son oeuvre (6 vols.), Art Bulletin 60 (Mar. 78):179-82

Regular Classes


    • B.A. Barnard College, 1966
    • M.A. Columbia University 1970
    • M.Phil. Columbia University 1977
    • Ph.D. Columbia Univeristy 1978

Committees & Governance

  • Assessment Committee
  • Semester in the Arts Committee
  • Previous chair of Art Department and of Faculty Executive Committee.