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Anne Hanson, 82; Art Historian, First Woman Granted Tenure at Yale

September 09, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Anne Coffin Hanson, 82, a historian of French and Italian art and the first woman to become a fully tenured professor at Yale University, has died.

Hanson died Friday in her New Haven home, officials with the Yale University Art Gallery said.

In 1970, the year after the university opened its doors to female undergraduates, Hanson was named the first female professor with full tenure at Yale. Four years later, she was named chairwoman of the art department, another first for women at the Ivy League university.

Hanson was an expert in 19th and 20th century French and Italian art, especially the works of painter Edouard Manet, who was the subject of her 1977 book, "Manet and the Modern Tradition."

She also was an authority on the Italian art movement known as Futurism.

Hanson was born in Larchmont, N.Y. and earned a fine arts degree in painting from USC and a master's degree from the University of North Carolina.

She earned a doctorate at Bryn Mawr College, and taught at Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore College and New York University.

She was director of the International Study Center of the Museum of Modern Art before joining the Yale faculty.

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