Lois Oliver

Adjunct Professor

Areas of expertise

Art History, Art Museums and Galleries

Courses taught

Masterpieces: Making and Meaning
London as Art Capital
Art, Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter: The Global View from London
Encounters: Art in London and Paris c.1850-1900


Dr Lois Oliver’s courses reflect her extensive art world experience as a curator and exhibition organiser. She worked at the Harvard Art Museums before joining the curatorial team at the V&A and then the National Gallery in London. As Curator at the Royal Academy, Dr Oliver has recently curated ‘Explorations in Paint’ (2021), ‘Jock McFadyen: Tourist without a Guidebook’ (2022) and ‘Image of the Artist’ (2023). She curated ‘Berthe Morisot: Shaping Impressionism’ (2023) for Dulwich Picture Gallery, the first major UK exhibition of Morisot’s work since 1950, in collaboration with the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. A core faculty member at Notre Dame London, Dr Oliver is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art and has created specialist multimedia interpretation for leading UK art institutions, including the National Gallery, Royal Academy, Royal Collection, and Tate, and iconic sites such as Buckingham Palace, Blenheim Palace, and Castle Howard.

Dr Oliver studied English Literature at Cambridge University, and History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, completing an MA in Venetian Renaissance

Select Publications
  • Berthe Morisot: Impressionism and the Eighteenth Century (co-author), Exhibition Catalogue, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris (forthcoming, 2023)
  • ‘Inside the mind of Berthe Morisot’, RA Magazine, Spring 2023, p. 19
  • ‘Berthe Morisot’s English Holiday’, In View, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Spring/Summer 2023, p. 14-21
  • ‘The Pioneer Impressionist: Berthe Morisot’, In View, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Autumn/Winter 2022, p. 40
  • Jock McFadyen: Tourist without a Guidebook (Royal Academy, 2022)
  • ‘Monk or Lover? A nineteenth-century artist’s dilemma’, Journal of Art Historiography special issue ‘Modern Lives - Modern Legends’ (December 2020)
  • Jean-Joseph Taillasson, ‘Virgil reading the Aeneid to Augustus and Octavia, 1787’, in The Eighteenth-Century French Paintings, National Gallery Collection Catalogue, London (2018)
  • ‘Les visiteurs dans l’atelier de l’artiste: variations sur un thème pictural au XIXe siècle’, in L’Artiste en représentation: images des artistes dans l’art du XIXe siècle, Musée de La Roche-sur-Yon/Fage editions (2012)
  • Rebels and Martyrs: the image of the artist in the nineteenth century (co-author), Exhibition Catalogue, National Gallery, London (2006)
  • ‘New Evidence towards an attribution to Holbein of a drawing in the V&A’ (with V. Button, A. Derbyshire, N. Frayling, R. Withnall), The Burlington Magazine (March 2006)
  • ‘The Evolution of Rubens’s Judgement of Paris (NG 194)’ (with R. Billinge, F. Healy, A. Roy), National Gallery Technical Bulletin (2005)
  • Boris Anrep: The National Gallery Mosaics, National Gallery/Yale University Press, London (2004)
  • Contributions to El Greco, National Gallery Exhibition Catalogue, London (2003)
  • Contributions to Impressions of the Twentieth Century, ed. M. Timmers, V&A, London (2001)
  • Bodies of Work: Models as Artists’ in Jill Berk Jiminez ed., Dictionary of Artists’ Models (2001)
  •  ‘The Visual Art of David Jones’s In Parenthesis, Agenda (November, 1998)