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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Dr Anthony Parton

Assistant Professor in the School of Education
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48371
Room number: ED230

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After completing a degree in the History of Art & Design (1980) and a Ph.D. (1985) at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Dr. Parton worked as a lecturer in the History of Art at St. Andrews University, the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and with the Open University.

He is the director of the undergraduate History of Art modules at Durham University which comprise the Level 1 “Introduction to Modern Art” and “Beauty and the Beast” modules, the Level 2 “Art and Design in Belle Epoque France”, “Cow on the Roof: Visual Arts in the Interwar Period” and “Objects of Desire: Oriental Art” modules, and the Level 3 “Isms of Art in Early 20th Century Europe”, “Double Dissertation in Art History” and “The Work of Art: Gallery Placement” modules. He is also a dissertation supervisor for MA and Ph.D. History of Art students.”

Dr. Parton's research interests lie in the field of Early-20th century Russian art and design and he has published widely on this subject.

He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Postgraduate Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures at Durham University.

Completed Supervisions

‘The Triumph of the Will’: The German Expressionist Body c. 1905-1945 and the Philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer

Shadows of Childhood: The Emergence of the Child in the Visual and Literary Culture of the French Long-Nineteenth Century.

Information for prospective doctoral research student supervisions

Dr. Parton would welcome supervision enquiries from students with an interest in the history of late 19th and early 20th century art and design. Specific areas of interest include late 19th century Symbolism, early 20th century abstraction and primitivism as well as the impact of Oriental art upon western practice.

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2013: Invited seminar:

    Invited to give a paper at Edinburgh University as part of a Research Project that they operate called "The Edge of Words"


Research Interests

  • Art History

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Authored book

  • Parton, A., Bazetoux, D. & Tetiva, V. (2011). Natálie Gončarova. Hluboká nad Vltavou: Alsova jihoceská galerie.
  • Parton, A. (2010). Goncharova: The Art & Design of Natalia Goncharova. Antique Collectors' Club, UK.
  • Parton, A. (2007). Natalia Goncharova: Oeuvres sur papier. Paris: Galerie 1900-2000.

Chapter in book

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