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Department of History of Art



I am the Graham Robertson Research Fellow at Downing College. Before coming to Cambridge, I held a two-year Hanseatic Scholarship from the Alfred Toepfer Foundation at the Humboldt University in Berlin. I completed my doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2018.


My research centres on modern art in Europe, with a particular focus on France. I seek to challenge interpretations of the history of art that are founded on supposed modernist ideals such as instantaneity and masculine mastery over the subject. Alongside looking closely at artworks, I take critical approaches to artists’ writings, artistic self-fashioning, and art criticism. Other interests include gender, the environment, and continental philosophy.

My first book, Pierre Bonnard Beyond Vision, was published with Yale University Press in spring 2022. I am currently working on new projects that take ecological and feminist approaches to French art after Impressionism.


Key publications: 



Pierre Bonnard Beyond Vision. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2022. 

Journal articles

‘Review Article: Three Women Artists in Postwar Paris: Anna-Eva Bergman, Germaine Richier, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva.’ French History (2023). Advance online publication.

‘Pierre Bonnard’s Books: An Interpretation.’ Source: Notes in the History of Art 40, no. 4 (Summer 2021): 261–68

‘Pierre Bonnard’s Books: A Catalogue with an Introduction.’ Source: Notes in the History of Art 40, no. 3 (Spring 2021): 186–97. 

‘New Light on Pierre Bonnard’s Wife and Model Marthe.’ The Burlington Magazine 162, no. 1406 (May 2020): 412–19. 

Book chapters

‘On Taking Artists at their Word: Artists’ Writings and Statements from 1850 to the Present’. In Where Words and Images Meet: 1670–2020, ed. Florence Grant and Ludmilla Jordanova. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2024. In press.

‘Painting the Present after Impressionism: Pierre Bonnard and Time’s Continuous Duration.’ In Time on a Human Scale: Experiencing the Present in Europe, 1860-1930, edited by Allegra Fryxell and Julian Wright. Proceedings of the British Academy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021.

Catalogue essays

‘Balthus: Under the Surface’. In Balthus: Under the Surface. Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, 2023. Commissioned by the Luxembourg & Co. Gallery, London.

‘Dream States, Madness, and Poetry in Bonnard’s Contre-Jour Nudes’. In Bonnard and the Nordic Countries, ed. Linda Hinners (Nationalmuseum Sweden, forthcoming, 2024). Commissioned by National Museum, Stockholm.


Other publications: 


Book reviews

Nancy Ireson, ed., Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel (review)’. In H-France Review 23, no. 102 (June 2023).

‘Review of Out of Breath: Vulnerability of Air in Contemporary Art, by Caterina Albano’. In (September 2, 2022).

‘Cézanne’s Gravity by Carol Armstrong (review).’ In Modernism/modernity 28, no. 1 (January 2021): 204-8.

Graham Robertson Research Fellow, Downing College
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