Fred Orton
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Fred Orton

Fred Orton (born 1949) is a scholar of art history and art theory at the University of Leeds. With Griselda Pollock he wrote Avant-Gardes and Partisans Reviewed and Vincent van Gogh: Artist of his Time.[1] A social historian of art, he is influenced by Marxist theory.[2] He is also one of the editors of a collection on the Ruthwell and Bewcastle crosses, and with Catherine Karkov edited an important collection on Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture; he contributed one essay, and three other essays are responses to his.[3]

Books published

  • Fragments of History: Rethinking the Ruthwell and Bewcastle Monuments (2007, with Ian N. Wood and Clare Lees)[4]
  • Theorizing Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture Medieval European Studies 4. (Morgantown: West Virginia UP, 2003, with Catherine Karkov)
  • Avant-Gardes and Partisans Reviewed (Manchester: Manchester UP, 1996)[2]
  • Vincent van Gogh: Artist of his Time (London: Phaidon, 1978)[5]


  1. ^ Thomson, Richard (2008). Vincent Van Gogh: The Starry Night. The Museum of Modern Art. p. 41. ISBN 9780870707483.
  2. ^ a b Harris, Jonathan (2002). The New Art History: A Critical Introduction. Routledge. p. 22. ISBN 9781134582501.
  3. ^ Coatsworth, Elizabeth (2005). "Rev. of Karkov and Orton, Theorizing Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture". Speculum. 80 (1): 906-7. doi:10.1017/s0038713400008460.
  4. ^ Boldrick, Stacy (2008). "Out of Place: Fragments of History. Rethinking the Ruthwell and Bewcastle Monuments by Fred Orton, Ian Wood, Clare Lees". Oxford Art Journal. 31 (3): 431-35. doi:10.1093/oxartj/kcn032.
  5. ^ Wolohojian, Stephan; Tahinci, Anna (2003). A Private Passion: 19th-century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthop Collection, Harvard University. Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 512. ISBN 9781588390769.

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