Nicholas Parkinson is a PhD candidate specializing in the history of nineteenth century European art and criticism. His dissertation, titled “The Image of the North: the Critical Reception of Nordic Art in France, 1878-1900,” traces the history of French interest in Scandinavia and Finland to examine how perceptions of northernness influenced how Nordic art was understood and discussed. He is broadly interested in transnational approaches to art history, the history of aesthetic theory, and fin-de-siècle art and culture.
He is an active member of both the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study and the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art. His most recent publication, “De Chirico and the Fin-de-Siècle,” will be printed in the book Symbolist Roots of Modern Art, edited by Michelle Facos and Thor Mednick, in 2015.