A museum curator since she was 20, Dominique de Font-Réaulx came into her own surrounded by the world’s most celebrated works of art. Rembrandt, Cézanne, Ingres, Courbet – the glorious masters of canvas are her life’s work. No doubt influenced by the compelling presence of these paintings, the Parisian-based curator and historian began exploring the effect on painters of a new medium that exploded onto the 1800s art scene: photography.
Where did you work prior to the Metropolitan Museum and what prompted your move from that position? After college, I traveled through Europe and parts of North Africa for a year as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow—the backpack, Eurorail pass, and youth hostel thing—looking at art and architecture and, I think, learning to be independent. […]