Programme: History of Art - MPhil/PhD/MSc by Research

Start date: September 2016

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: Home and Homelessness in German Landscape Painting 1890-1990


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.

Research interests

  • 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.