Katharina Alsen studied art history at the University of Oxford as well as German and Scandinavian literature, theology, and philosophy at the University of Hamburg. Studies abroad led her to Copenhagen, Reykjavik, and Torshavn on the Faroes. Alsen was a scholar at the international research training group "InterArt" at Freie Universitat Berlin and the University of Copenhagen with a PhD project on staged intimacy. In addition to modernist painting of the Nordic countries, her research interests include contemporary performance art and curatorial theory. She is a regular speaker on art history and theatre studies.
"Beautifully illustrated with 225 colour images, this large format book is a welcome addition to anyone with an interest in European 19th and 20th century art, and will no doubt open the doorway for much more vigorous scholarship on the topic, as well as the establishing the attention these artists deserve." -Candid Magazine "The brief chapters progress from one appealing topic to the next, always bringing together works of art that provide stunning and illuminating comparisons and keep the reader totally engrossed and ready for more." -CHOICE