Jan D. Cox (University of Leeds)

Jan D. Cox is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Leeds as part of the AHRC-funded project  ‘Nordic Art. The Modern Breakthrough’. Her project will examine and analyse a vibrant and innovative age in Nordic culture from 1880 to 1920. It will assess how Scandinavian artists’ construction of a ‘different path to modernity’ was perceived in relation to Franco-centric aesthetic values. There will be a particular examination of the cosmopolitan experience of the artistic practitioners, and the manner in which this initiated a dialogue between the traditionally isolated Scandinavian milieu and the received centres of European art. This will take the form of a substantive analysis of the effects on the Scandinavian diaspora of their exposure to non-Nordic art and the reciprocal impact that this engendered”.
In practice, she is focussing on the exhibition of Nordic art in Europe in the period from 1878 to 1889, these being the dates of major art exhibitions at the Expositions Universelles in Paris. She is particularly interested in three cosmopolitan Scandinavian artists: P. S. Krøyer, Erik Werenskiold and Anders Zorn.

Keywords: Nordic, Scandinavian, Exposition, Salon, International, Cosmopolitan, Krøyer, Werenskiold, Zorn, Munch, Hammershøi, Paris, Munich, Skagen.
Contact: fhjdc@leeds.ac.uk
Web: http://www.fine-art.leeds.ac.uk/people/jan-cox/

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