Mary Morton is curator of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. She received her B.A. from Stanford University in history, and her PhD from Brown University, concentrating on 19th and early 20th century European painting. Dr. Morton began her curatorial career in the European art department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and spent five years as associate curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She has collaborated on and organized numerous exhibitions including The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (2010), Sur le Motif: Painting in Nature around 1800 (2008), Oudry's Painted Menagerie (2007), Courbet and the Modern Landscape (2006), Focus on the Beck Collection: André Derain's "The Turning Road, L'Estaque" (2002), Paris in the Age of Impressionism: Masterworks from the Musée d'Orsay (2002) and Old Masters, Impressionists, and Moderns: French Masterworks from the State Pushkin Museum, Moscow (2002).