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Miesel, Victor H

    Full Name: Miesel, Victor H

    Other Names:

    • Victor H. Miesel

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 12 October 1928

    Place Born: Detroit, Wayne, MI, USA

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): nineteenth century (dates CE) and twentieth century (dates CE)


    German-art scholar; professor of 19th- and 20th-century art, University of Michigan, 1958-. Miesel attended Wayne State University as an undergraduate receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1950. He continued on to the University of Michigan, obtaining his M.A. in 1951. While working on his Ph.D. he taught as an assistant professor of art history beginning in 1958. He wrote his dissertation on Peter Paul Rubens and the influence of antique art under Harold Wethey. His Ph.D. was granted in 1959. Miesel lectured at Barnard College for the 1964-1964 year before returning to Michigan and gaining tenure as an associate professor in 1966. His anthology of German Expressionist writing appeared in 1970. In 1972 he was promoted to (full) professor at Michigan. He retired at professor emeritus in 1995.

    Selected Bibliography

    [dissertation:] Rubens and Ancient Art. University of Michigan, 1959; “The Term Expressionism in the Visual Arts, 1911-1920.” in The Uses of History. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1968; Voices of German Expressionism. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall, 1970.


    Directory of American Scholars. 6th ed. vol. 1 (History). New York: R. R. Bowker, 1974, p. 518.


    "Miesel, Victor H." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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