I am a historian of art, visual, and material cultures, specialising in nineteenth-century French painting; ephemera as documents of everyday life; and the history of photography. I take an interest in critical theory, most centrally Marxist and post-Marxist ideology critique; theories of everyday life and everyday things (especially Henri Lefebvre, Hannah Arendt, and Walter Benjamin); Lacanian psychoanalysis; and the Frankfurt School.

My forthcoming book, Gustave Caillebotte as Worker, Collector, Painter re-interprets the career of this once-forgotten painter by foregrounding his compulsions to work and to collect. My present research examines ephemera—transient, everyday objects like postage stamps, paper money, restaurant menus, and lapel flowers—as agents within and documents of modern French everyday life during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

I teach broadly on European art and visual culture in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries; photography from 1839 to the contemporary; critical theory and research methodologies; and art historiography.


Publications

Peer Reviewed Monograph

Gustave Caillebotte as Worker, Collector, Painter (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming 2019).

Peer Reviewed Articles

"Gustave Caillebotte's Interiors: Working between Leisure and Labor", nonsite (forthcoming 2018).

"Notes Towards Practicing Žižekian Ideology Critique as an Art Historical Methodology". International Journal of Žižek Studies 9, no. 2 (2015): 1-20.

Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings

"L’impressionnisme philatélique de Gustave Caillebotte : la collection des timbres-poste et la culture visuelle en France à la fin du XIXe siècle", in Un portrait intérieur: le musée imaginaire des impressionnistes, ed. Ségolène Le Men and Félicie de Maupeou (Rouen: Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, forthcoming 2018).

Book

Post-Impressionists: Masterworks (London: Flame Tree, 2017).

Articles, Encyclopaedia Entries, & Reviews

"'A millionaire who paints in his spare time'. The social history of art and the multiple rediscoveries of Gustave Caillebotte". H-France Salon 9, no. 14 (2017): 12-15.

"Review of Gustave Caillebotte. Painting the Paris of Naturalism, 1872-1887 by Michael Marrinan". The Burlington Magazine 159, no. 1374 (2017): 732-733.

"Later Realism's Fifteen Minutes. Review of Realism in the Age of Impressionism: Painting and the Politics of Time by Marnin Young". Art History 39, no. 1 (2016): 166-170.

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, s.v. "Puvis (de Chavannes), Pierre-Cécile (1824–1898)", 2016.


Education

2013 to 2016 The Courtauld Institute of Art PhD, History of Art
2012 to 2013 The Courtauld Institute of Art MA, Distinction, History of Art
2009 to 2012 Durham University BA (Hons.), First Class Honours, History

Research

Themes

  • Everyday Life
  • Class, Labour, and Ideology
  • Bureaucracy and State Power
  • Materiality, Ephemerality, and Media
  • The Politics of History and Memory

Areas

  • Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894)
  • Nineteenth-Century French Painting: Impressionism, Realism, Naturalism
  • Ephemera: the Minor Transcient Documents of Everyday Life
  • The Writing of Félix Fénéon (1861-1944)
  • Twentieth-Century US Documentary and Street Photography

Teaching

Jan 2018 to Present University of Leicester Teaching Fellow
Sept 2017 to Dec 2017 University of Essex Lecturer in Art History
Sept 2016 to Jan 2017 The Courtauld Institute of Art Associate Lecturer
Aug 2016 to Sept 2017 Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford Tutor
Sept 2014 to Dec 2017 The Courtauld Institute of Art Teaching Assistant

Conferences

Papers Presented

"Difference and Similitude: Gustave Caillebotte, Homosociality, and Collecting". Paper presented at the Male Bonds in Nineteenth-Century Art, UGhent and ESNA, Ghent, Belgium, 15-16 May 2018.

"Regardez, mais ne touchez pas. The Pedagogical Value of Philately in late Nineteenth Century France". Paper presented at the Society for French Studies, 58th Annual Conference, Durham University, 3-5 July 2017.

"L’impressionnisme philatélique de Gustave Caillebotte : la collection des timbres-poste et la culture visuelle en France à la fin du XIXe siècle". Paper presented at Un portrait intérieur - Le musée imaginaire des impressionnistes, Musée des Beaux-arts de Rouen, France, 7-8 September 2016.

"Gustave Caillebotte’s Philatelic Impressionism: Collecting Stamps and Painting Paris, c. 1876-1877". Paper presented at the 2016 Courtauld Institute of Art Postgraduate Symposium: Showcasing New Research, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 10-11 March 2016.

"History from the Stamp Album: Pedagogy and the Material Past in the Philatelic Discourse of late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century Europe". Paper presented at the Object Lessons: Sculpture and the Production of Knowledge, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 3 October 2015.

"Gustave Caillebotte and the Working Man's Body in the Cultural Imaginary of the early French Third Republic". Paper presented at the Modern and Contemporary Research Seminar, The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, 1 December 2014.

"The pathological working-class body. Charles Nègre and the Asile impérial de Vincennes in the French Second Empire". Paper presented at the AAH New Voices 2014, A Picture of Health: Representations and Imaginations of Wellbeing and Illness, Wellcome Trust and Birkbeck, University of London, 7 November 2014.

"Forging Nowhere. The Sad & Repulsive Work of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes". Paper presented at the Association des études françaises et francophones d’Irlande (ADEFFI) Postgraduate Symposium, National University of Ireland, Galway, 22 March 2014.