Theodore Reff

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Theodore Franklin Reff
Born 1930 (age 86–87)
New York, New York
Nationality American
Alma mater Columbia University (B.A., 1952)
Harvard University (M.A., 1953; Ph.D., 1958) [1]
Occupation professor, art historian, author
Spouse(s) Arlene Gottesman (m. 1961)
Children Jonathan

Theodore Franklin Reff (Born 1930 New York, New York)[1] is Professor Emeritus of European Painting and Sculpture, 1840–1940 at Columbia University.[2]

Reff is an expert on French art of the nineteenth century, and in particular Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and Édouard Manet.

In 2010, at the French Consulate in New York, Reff was presented with the Insignia of Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an order of merit awarded by the French government.[3]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Cézanne Watercolors (editor and co-author). New York: M. Knoedler and Co., 1963.
  • Manet: Olympia. Allen Lane, London, 1976. ISBN 0713908076
  • The notebooks of Edgar Degas: a catalogue of the thirty-eight notebooks in the Bibliothéque Nationale and other collections. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976. ISBN 0198173334
  • Degas: The artist's mind. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1976. ISBN 0870991469
  • Cézanne: The Late Work (co-authored with William Rubin and John Rewald), New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1976. ISBN 0-87070-278-5
  • Manet and modern Paris: One hundred paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs by Manet and his contemporaries. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1982.
  • Degas et son oeuvre: A Supplement (co-authored with Philippe Brame), New York: Garland Publishing, 1984. ISBN 0-8240-5525-X (v. 5)


  1. ^ a b Reff, Theodore (Franklin). Dictionary of Art Historians, 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. Archived here.
  2. ^ Theodore Reff. Columbia University, 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. Archived here.
  3. ^ Professors Theodore Reff and Miyeko Murase Honored at Ceremonies in New York. Columbia University, 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2012. Archived here.