Photo: Hans Glave

National Endowment for the Humanities Professor, Art and Art History Department, Tufts University

Berthold Leibinger Fellow - Class of Spring 2010


Judith Wechsler is the National Endowment for the Humanities Professor Emerita at Tufts University, specializing in nineteenth-century French painting, drawing, and caricature, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She received a BA from Brandeis University, an MA from Columbia University, and a PhD from University of California in Los Angeles. Wechsler is the recipient of the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a Mellon Foundation Faculty Research Grant, multiple grants from National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, and six CINE Golden Eagle Awards for documentary films. Her body of work includes numerous books and articles, including Le Cabinet de dessins: Daumier (Flammarion, 1999), and A Human Comedy: Physiognomy and Caricature in 19th Century Paris (University of Chicago Press, 1982), in addition to 23 documentary films, among them Monet’s Waterlillies: Vision and Design (2007), Rachel de la Comédie-Francaise (2003), Honoré Daumier: One Must be of One’s Time (1999), Drawing the Thinking Hand (1996), and Jasper Johns: Take an Object (1990). In 2011 Wechsler is editing the film entitled I Am A Memory Come Alive: Nahum Glatzer and the Transmission of German-Jewish Learning, which she was working on while at the American Academy as a Berthold Leibinger Fellow, in spring 2010. In fall 2011 she received the Miller Jewish Woman Filmmaker Award, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum will have a mini-retrospective of her films.