Research Projects

Current research on nineteenth-century art
by ESNA members in and outside the Netherlands
October 2016


ESNA is a platform that brings together scholars, museum professionals and graduate students whose research focuses on European art of the long nineteenth century. With this overview of ongoing research by ESNA members in and outside the Netherlands, we wish to inform our members and facilitate exchange.  

Please note that this inventory by ESNA is by no means an extensive list. Additional projects can be sent to Please mention name(s) and affiliation(s) of the researcher(s), title of the project and possible date of publication or duration of the project. We welcome both academic research and museum-based research projects of substantial duration.


“Pardon me, but it’s a great delight
When, moved by the spirit of the ages, we have sight

Of how a wiser man has thought, and how
Widely at last we’ve spread his word about.”

    – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, 1808 (translation by A. S. Kline)



Ongoing research in the Netherlands:

  • Jan Dirk Baetens (Radboud University Nijmegen), The Internationalisation of the Art Market, c. 1750-1914, completion scheduled for 2018.
  • Nienke Bakker and Maite van Dijk (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), Van Gogh and the Fauves, exhibition and publication scheduled for 2021.
  • Edwin Becker, Renske Suijver, Lisa Smit and Markus Fellinger (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, in collaboration with Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna), Gustav Klimt: Inspired by Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, exhibition and publication scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • Adriaan Berkelder (independent researcher in collaboration with Frick Art Reference Library, New York), Antoine Vollon (1833-1900), ongoing cataloguing of the artist’s oeuvre, started in 1999.
  • Richard Bionda (VU University Amsterdam; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Matthijs Maris (1839-1917), exhibition at Rijksmuseum and catalogue scheduled for 2017.
  • Andreas Blühm, David Jackson, Ruud Schenk (Groninger Museum, Groningen), Romantic Landscape in Northern Europe [working title], exhibition and publication with contributions by Werner Busch and Jenny Reynaerts, scheduled for 2017.
  • Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), New realities: Photography in the nineteenth century, exhibition and publication with contributions by Saskia Asser, Steven F. Joseph and Martin Jürgens, scheduled for 2017.
  • Jeroen van der Boon (Katwijks Museum in collaboration with the State Tret’yakov Gallery in Moscow, the Scientific Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Kuznetskaya krepost’ Museum-monument in Novokuznetsk), Biography of Nikolaǐ Nikolaevich Gritsenko (1856-1900), publication and exhibition scheduled for 2018.
  • Frédérique Brinkerink (Museum Beelden aan Zee – Sculptuurinstituut, The Hague, in collaboration with RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague) Craft & self-expression: Sculpture in the Netherlands in the 19th century, started in 2014.
  • Maite van Dijk and Joost van der Hoeven (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), Catalogue of 19th– and early 20th-century paintings in the collection of the Van Gogh Museum, collection catalogue, research started in 2015.
  • Rachel Esner (University of Amsterdam), The mediatization of the artist in word and image in the nineteenth century: The image of the artist and the artist’s studio in painting and popular media, ongoing research, started in 2008.
  • Cornelia Homburg (guest curator Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo), Odilon Redon: Literature and Music, exhibition scheduled for 2018.
  • Leo Jansen (Huygens ING, Amsterdam, and RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague), Mondrian Edition Project, online source publication of the complete correspondence and theoretical writings of Piet Mondrian, publication scheduled for 2018/19 (part 1).
  • Mayken Jonkman (guest curator Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague) and Edwin Becker (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), The Dutch in Paris: Breitner, Jongkind, Van Gogh, Van Dongen, Mondriaan, exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (October 6, 2017 – January 7, 2018) and Musée Petit Palais in Paris (February 2, 2018 – May 13, 2018), and publication with contributions by Mayken Jonkman (ed.), Nienke Bakker, Stephanie Cantarutti, Wietse Coppes, Maite van Dijk, Anita Hopmans, Leo Jansen, Malika M’rani Alaoui and Jenny Reynaerts, scheduled for 2017.
  • Jeroen Kapelle (RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague), Het gezicht van de negentiende eeuw: Tentoonstellingen van Levende Meesters (1808-1917), publication scheduled for 2018.
  • Annemarie Kets (Huygens ING, Amsterdam), Correspondences around 1900, online source publication of the correspondence networks of Albert Verwey (1865-1937) and Willem Arnold Witsen (1860-1923), publication scheduled for 2016.
  • Hanna Klarenbeek (Paleis het Loo, Apeldoorn), research in to the art collection of King of the Netherlands Willem III, publication scheduled for 2021.
  • Stefan Koldehoff (independent researcher) and Chris Stolwijk (RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague), The Thannhauser Gallery: Marketing Van Gogh, publication of the Van Gogh Museum with contributions by Megan M. Fontanella (R. Guggenheim Museum, New York), Günter Herzog (Zentralarchiv des internationalen Kunsthandels ZADIK, Cologne), Monique Hageman (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) and Nora Koldehoff (independent archive researcher), scheduled for 2017.
  • Hans Luijten (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), The biography of Jo Bonger (1862-1925), publication scheduled for 2018.
  • Annemiek Rens (Drents Museum, Assen), Van Gogh in Drenthe, exhibition and publication scheduled for c. 2020.
  • Jenny Reynaerts (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Truth and simplicity: A history of 19th-century Dutch painting, publication scheduled for 2017.
  • Jenny Reynaerts, Erma Hermens, Suzanne Veldink (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam) eds., Matthijs Maris at work: Mystery and experiment, publication scheduled for 2017.
  • Fleur Roos Rosa de Carvalho (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), exhibition Prints in Paris: from Bonnard to Toulouse-Lautrec and publication Prints in Paris: from the elite to the street, scheduled for 2017.
  • Louis van Tilborgh (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), Nienke Bakker (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), Cornelia Homburg (independent curator) and Tsukasa Kodera (Osaka University), Van Gogh & Japan, exhibition at The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo (August 26 – October 15, 2017), the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Tokyo (October 24, 2017 – January 8, 2018), the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto (January 20 – March 4, 2018), and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (March 23 – June 24, 2018).
  • Louis van Tilborgh, Teio Meedendorp, Nienke Bakker, Oda van Maanen and Kathrin Pilz (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; in collaboration with RCE – Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, and Shell Netherlands), Vincent van Gogh’s paintings from Arles, Saint-Rémy and Auvers, collection catalogue, publication scheduled for 2020.
  • Louis van Tilborgh (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), Teio Meedendorp (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), Ella Hendriks (University of Amsterdam), Don Johnson (Rice University, Houston), C. Richard Johnson Jr. (Cornell University, Ithaca), and Robert G. Erdmann (University of Amsterdam), Thread count automation project: Research of Van Gogh’s canvasses, ongoing research, started in 2011.
  • Marije Vellekoop and Teio Meedendorp (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; in collaboration with RCE – Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Delft University of Technology and Tilburg University), ReViGo: The discoloration of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings, Science4Arts research programme (NWO), 2013-2017.
  • Roelie Zwikker (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam), The biography of Vincent Willem van Gogh (1890-1978), ongoing research, started in 2012.



Ongoing Ph.D. research in the Netherlands:

  • Sander Bink (Tilburg University), Ph. D. project Biography of Carel de Nerée tot Babberich (1880-1909), supervised by Léon Hanssen (Tilburg University) and Sander Bax (Tilburg University), started in 2015.
  • Maite van Dijk (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; University of Amsterdam), Ph.D. project Foreign artists versus French critics: exhibition strategies and critical reception at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris (1884-1914), supervised by Christa-Maria Lerm-Hayes (University of Amsterdam), Rachel Esner (University of Amsterdam) and Leo Jansen (Huygens ING, Amsterdam), started in 2012.
  • Terry van Druten (Teylers Museum, Haarlem; University of Amsterdam), Ph.D. project Teylers Museum and the networks of the Enlightenment, supervised by Frans Grijzenhout (University of Amsterdam), started 2013.
  • Camelia Errouane (University of Groningen), Ph.D. project Advertising the Republic. The Mural Decorations of Parisian Town Halls (1870-1900), supervised by Wessel Krul (University of Groningen) and Rachel Esner (University of Amsterdam), started in 2009.
  • Eva Geudeker (RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague; Stichting Isings-Kruseman; Utrecht University), Ph.D. project Cornelis Kruseman (1797-1857): catalogue raisonné, supervised by Rudi Ekkart, started in 2011.
  • Mayken Jonkman (RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague; University of Groningen), Ph.D. project Paving the road to Paris: Networks, geography and artistic mobility (1800-1900), supervised by Wessel Krul, started in 2013.
  • Anne Rademakers (University of Groningen), Ph.D. project The emergence of a common national consciousness in the Dutch art world between 1815 and 1830 and the consequences of the separation of 1830 for the art world in North and South, supervised by Wessel Krul (University of Groningen) and Marjan Sterckx (Ghent University), started in 2013.
  • Thomas Smits (Radboud University Nijmegen), Ph.D. project Visual culture in nineteenth-century illustrated newspapers and the formation of identity, supervised by Sophie Levy (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Lotte Jensen (Radboud University Nijmegen), started in 2013.
  • Evelien de Visser (RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History), Ph.D. project Dutch art collectors from the second half of the nineteenth century, started in 2015.
  • Joke de Wolf (University of Groningen), Ph.D. project Charles Marville and ‘document fever’: Photos of Paris and its transformations, supervised by Wessel Krul (University of Groningen), started in 2009.



Ongoing research outside the Netherlands:

  • Petra ten-Doesschate Chu (Seton Hall University, South Orange), Daniel Cottier: Art dealer, with a contribution by Suzanne Veldink (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), publication scheduled for 2017.
  • Sharon Hecker (guest curator Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis) and Tamara H. Schenkenberg (Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis), Medardo Rosso: Experiments in light and form, retrospective exhibition, scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • Sharon Hecker (independent art historian), A moment’s monument: Medardo Rosso and the international origins of modern sculpture, publication by University of California Press scheduled for 2017.
  • Cornelia Homburg (guest curator National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa) and Christopher Riopelle (National Gallery, London), Gauguin: Portraits, exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (May 24 – September 8, 2019) and the National Gallery, London, (October 9, 2019 – January 26, 2020).
  • Allison Morehead (Queen’s University, Kingston), Nature’s experiments and the search for symbolist form, publication by Pennsylvania State University Press scheduled for 2017.
  • Margaret Samu (The New School / Parsons School of Design, New York), Russian Venus: The female nude in imperial Russia (c. 1700-1910), publication scheduled for 2018.
  • Philip Ursprung (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule – ETH, Zurich), Sonja Hildebrand (Università della Svizzera italiana – USI, Lugano), Michael Gnehm (USI) and Dieter Weidmann (USI), Elena Chestnova (USI), Gottfried Semper: Style. Critical and commented edition, research project scheduled for 2017-2020.
  • Lauren S. Weingarden (Florida State University, Tallahassee), Embodying baudelairean modernity: A neuroarthistory of the Painters of Modern Life, publication scheduled for 2017.



Ongoing Ph.D. research outside the Netherlands:

  • Thijs Dekeukeleire (Ghent University), Ph.D. project Posing questions: Male models and modernity in the Belgian art world (1830-1914), supervised by Marjan Sterckx (Ghent University) and Katharina Pewny (Ghent University), started in 2015.
  • Eveline Deneer (Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris), Ph. D. project Historical genre painting and its transnational dimensions in France, Italy and Germany (1802-1848), started in 2012.
  • Jozefien Feyaerts (Ghent University), Ph.D. project History and significance of Belgian prison design in an architecture-historical perspective (1830-1919), supervised by Linda Van Santvoort (Ghent University), started in 2013.
  • Maria Golovteeva (University of St Andrews), Ph.D. project Fernand Khnopff: Art and photography in the nineteenth century, supervised by Linda Goddard (University of St Andrews), started in 2015.
  • Stefan Huygebaert (Ghent University and Research Foundation Flanders), Ph.D. project Visual idea(l)s of law and justice: An iconological study of Belgian nineteenth-century legal imagery, supervised by Dirk Heirbaut (Ghent University), Georges Martyn (Ghent University) and Bruno De Wever (Ghent University), started in 2012.
  • Sophie C. Kruijssen (Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich), Ph.D. project Patterns of reception: The early nineteenth-century German reception of British genre painting in its European context, started in 2012.
  • Ulrike Müller (Ghent University and University of Antwerp), Ph.D. project Between personal pleasure and public relevance: Private collectors in Antwerp, Brussels and Ghent and the emergence of a national artistic canon (1830-1914), supervised by Marjan Sterckx (Ghent University) and Ilja van Damme (University of Antwerp), started in 2014.
  • Gilles Weyns (Ghent University), Ph.D. project The perception of Boadicea in British fine art of the long nineteenth century (1789-1914), supervised by Marysa Demoor (Ghent University) and Marjan Sterckx (Ghent University), started in 2012.
  • Wendy Wiertz (KU Leuven), Ph.D. project Aristocratic women artists in Belgium between 1830 and 1914, supervised by Katlijne Van der Stighelen (KU Leuven) and Marjan Sterckx (Ghent University), started in 2013.





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