Frances is a third-year doctoral student in Art History, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her thesis examines representations of Heimat (home) and Heimatlosigkeit (homelessness) in twentieth-century German landscape painting.
She is interested in the relationship between art and national identity, and specifically how this was expressed through landscape in twentieth-century Germany. Her research seeks to explore the resonances of Romanticism and ecological consciousness in twentieth-century German art, and how these informed discourses of loss and belonging throughout this conflict-riven period.
Prior to commencing doctoral study, Frances worked as a provenance researcher of Nazi-looted art for the British Museum and the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, and on a retrospective of Thomas Schütte for the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She holds a BA in Modern & Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge and an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, both with distinction.
Twentieth-century German art
National identity & belonging
Landscape and nature in German history
'Border Crosser: Nolde as Outsider and the Problem of Heimat' in: Emil Nolde: Colour is Life, exh. cat. (Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 2018).
Conference Papers, Lectures and Public Engagement
Co-organiser with Dr Christian Weikop of a two-day international conference and early career symposium entitled 'Why Degenerate? From Nordau to Nolde and Beyond', University of Edinburgh & National Galleries of Scotland, forthcoming Oct 2018.
'Emil Nolde - The Search for Roots', public exhibition tour of Emil Nolde: Colour is Life, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Sep 2018.
Poster presentation and panel discussion on Ernst Ludwig Kirchner at Rethinking Kirchner 2018, international conference hosted by the Kirchner Museum, Davos, Switzerland, Jun-Jul 2018.
'The more I talked to people, the more lonely I felt': Alienation and Communication in Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's Swiss Landscape Painting', Research Paper, Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, University of Glasgow, Jun 2018.
'In and Out of Place: Emil Nolde and the Landscape of Belonging', Public Lecture, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Mar 2018.
'Emil Nolde: Landscapes of Loss', Research Paper, University of Edinburgh German Research Seminar, Mar 2018.
'A Mirror of Nature: Probing the Surface of Landscape and Identity in Walter Leistikow's Berlin Lakes', Research Paper, History of Art Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Edinburgh, May 2017.
'Provenance Research in UK Museums', Research Paper, Winter Provenance School, Zentral Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, Feb 2016.