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Prof Matthew Potter


Department: Arts

After completing an undergraduate degree in Modern History, Matthew studied the History of Art at a postgraduate level. Between 2004 and 2011 he taught at Oxford Brookes, Plymouth, and Leicester Universities. He joined Northumbria University in October 2011. 

Matthew Potter


History of Art PhD September 01 2002

Key Publications

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  • ‘Bold liberals who fought for the cause of freedom’, Potter, M. 16 Jul 2019, In: Visual Culture in Britain
  • British Art for Australia, 1860-1953, Potter, M. 14 Jan 2019
  • National intelligence, spiritual rapprochement, and mystic beefsteak/Nationalcharakter, geistige Annäherung und mystisches Beefsteak, Potter, M. 1 Jul 2018, London 1938 - Defending ‘degenerate’ art, Wädenswil, NIMBUS
  • The ‘Abysmal inexcusable middle class’, Painting, Commemoration, and the First World War, Potter, M. 2017, The Edinburgh Companion to the First World War and the Arts, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press
  • Breaking the shell of the humanist egg: Kenneth Clark’sUniversity of London lectures on German art historians, Potter, M. Dec 2014, In: Journal of Art Historiography
  • Fostering in the people the purest types of beauty, Potter, M. Nov 2014, In: Visual Culture in Britain
  • The concept of the ‘Master’ in art education in Britain and Ireland, 1770 to the present, Potter, M. Oct 2013
  • The inspirational genius of Germany: British art and Germanism, 1850-1939, Potter, M. May 2012
  • Orientalism and its visual regimes: Lovis Corinth and imperialism in the art of the Kaiserreich, Potter, M. 2010, A History of Visual Culture: Western civilisation from the 18th to the 21st century, Oxford, Berg
  • Cambridge University and the Germanist Bridge: the aesthetics and politics of internationalism at the Fin de Siècle, Potter, M. 2009, Internationalism and the Arts in Britain and Europe at the Fin de Siècle, Oxford, Peter Lang

PGR Supervision

  • Andrew Schaer An Improbable Plan: The Marketing Gambit to Sell Turn-Of-The-Century What Modern Had Been" Start: 25/09/2013
  • Laia Anguix Vilches From wood shavings to an art collection: the early history of the Laing Art Gallery (Newcastle) and the creation of its permanent collection (1904-1957) Start: 01/03/2017

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I have been drawn to fields which have tended to be passed over as ‘known’ quantities and are now ripe for revisiting and revising. I am particularly interested in the roles played by internationalism and global politics in the creation of national identities in the period 1850-1945, primarily in the British World. With my research I address certain ‘myths’ regarding the Victorian period and early twentieth century – challenging Modernist parameters that have previously confined potential discourses in this field – and draw upon new interdisciplinary approaches, incorporating philosophical, literary and material art histories in the work that I do.


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