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William H. Gerdts (born 1929) is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Gerdts is the author of over twenty-five books on American art. An expert in American Impressionism, he is also well known for his work on nineteenth-century American still life painting.

Gerdts' books include:

  • The Color of Modernism: The American Fauves. Hollis Taggert Gallery, (1997)
  • Impressionist New York. Abbeville Press, (1994)
  • Art Across America. Two Centuries of Regional Painting: 1710-1920, 3 vols. Abbeville Press, (1990)
  • The Art of Henry Inman. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, (1987)
  • American Impressionism. Abbeville Press, (1984)
  • Masters of the Humble Truth: Masterpieces of American Still Life, 1801-1930. University of Missouri Press, (1981)
  • American Neo-Classic Sculpture: The Marble Resurrection. Viking Press, (1973)


  • PhD, Harvard University, 1966



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