Asta Nielsen and Urban Gad on the set of *The Dance of the Dead (Der Totentanz)*, 1912

Asta Nielsen and Urban Gad on the set of The Dance of the Dead (Der Totentanz), 1912

Alsdorf is writing a book on love and collaboration in Scandinavian art during and after “the modern breakthrough,” informed by the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard. Chapters explore painting, photography, and silent film, centering on a series of couples who made artworks together, including Vilhelm and Ida Hammershøi, Anna and Michael Ancher, P.S. and Marie Krøyer, Marie Høeg and Bolette Berg, Asta Nielsen and Urban Gad.
With her colleague Carolyn Yerkes, she is also preparing a book on the seventeenth-century printmaker Jacques Callot.

Books in Progress

Shadowed: Intimacy and Collaboration in Modern Scandinavian Art
Jacques Callot

Other Projects

Game of Suits
Essay on Gustave Caillebotte’s The Bezique Game, 1881, for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Gustave Caillebotte: Painting Men, at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Art Institute of Chicago (2024-2025)
Parallèlement: Intimacy in Print
Article on Pierre Bonnard’s illustrations of Paul Verlaine’s scandalous book of erotic, bohemian, and religious poetry, Parallèlement (1900)
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Writings on Art
Translation with a critical introduction co-written with Todd Cronan.