PhD student at the University of Geneva (Faculty of Arts) and Lille (IRHiS - SHS). Interests: Seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish Painting; Artistic and theoretic exchanges between France and the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th century; Travellers in the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th century; Art and society in the seventeenth-century Netherlands
September 2019 - present
- Research Assistant
- Research assistant for the "Visiting the Golden Age" database within FNS-project "Un Siècle d’Or ? Repenser la peinture hollandaise du XVIIe siècle (dir. Prof. dr Jan Blanc), in collaboration with the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie (RKD). My role consists in discussing future publications and communications, and working on the database which was made to broadcast descriptions and commentaries on the Dutch Republic in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century travel journals.
The Dutch and Flemish obsession for cleanliness in the seventeenth century is a well-known cliché in modern research and for travelers in Flanders and in the Netherlands at the time. As a result, Dutch and Flemish studies tend to brush aside cleanliness as a platitude or a triviality. However, concern for cleanliness and its diametral opposite, dirtiness, was deeply ingrained in both the Northern and the Southern Netherlands’s cultural construction and shaped a significant part of Dutch and Flemish literature and visual culture. The words "cleanliness" and "dirtiness" frequently appear in contemporary art criticism and writings on painting as well. This upcoming work will focus on daily life scenes as a link between real life, visual culture and artistic practices, and aims to tackle the importance of cleanliness and dirtiness at each stage of the making of a picture and in the way painters reflect on their own art and on their relationship with the potential viewer. This study will thus navigate multiple fields to try and understand how these pictures question the culture in which they were born. In regards to art theory, this study will also attempt to compare Dutch and Flemish art theories between themselves and to replace them in a broader European context.