Rachel Cohen

essays

What We Miss Without Museums

Thursday, April 23, 2020

An essay I wrote for the New Yorker online, about missing museums, and making my own remembered museum in the time of quarantine. With paintings by Nicolas Poussin, Berthe Morisot, and William Walker. From the essay: "Museums know the desires of our hands. That is why they have so many “Do Not Touch” signs, so many guards to caution us back. The special presence of paintings comes from their being at once untouchable and viscerally evocative of touch. .." [...] read more

The Paintings of Beauford Delaney

Monday, April 20, 2020

This is an essay I wrote on the paintings of Beauford Delaney, reflecting on a recent exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The exhibition was titled, Through the Unusual Door: Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin. The essay is in Apollo Magazine, April, 2020 under the title "Here is a man who could do whatever interested him in paint -- on the paintings of Beauford Delaney." [...] read more

Berthe Morisot Comes Into Her Own

Saturday, October 6, 2018

This is an essay on the painter Berthe Morisot and an important retrospective of her work in 2018 that originated in  Québec at the MNBAQ, and traveled to the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.  The essay appeared in Apollo Magazine in October, 2018. [...] read more

Gold, Golden, Gilded, Glittering

Thursday, November 1, 2012

This essay, on a long complex history of overlap in financial and artistic inventions, appeared in The Believer in the Nov / Dec 2012 art issue. [...] read more

Looking at Poussin

Sunday, June 1, 2008

This essay, on the occasion of the Metropolitan Museum's Poussin Exhibition, "Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions," February 12-May 11, 2008, appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of The Threepenny Review . [...] read more

Life Studies: Artist's Model

Monday, November 7, 2005

This essay on the ruptured friendship of Émil Zola and Paul Cézanne appeared in The New Yorker in 2005 and is available to subscribers. [...] read more