Art of the Defeat; France 1940-1944

Los Angeles, CA: Getty Research Institute, 2008. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xiii, [1], 431, [3] pages. Foreword by Serge Guilbaut. Illustrations (some in color). Notes. Plates. Appendix. Chronology, Sources and Bibliographic Overview. Index. Originally published in France as L'art de la defaite, 1940-1944, Editions du Seuil, 1993. Decorative cover. Laurence Bertrand Dorléac (born January 14, 1957) is a French art historian specializing in contemporary art, a professor and an author. She was elected president of the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques in May 2021. Laurence Bertrand-Dorléac has a doctorate in art history and archeology from University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and a doctorate in history from the Instituts d'études politiques in Paris, and has been advising doctoral students since 1995. She taught at the University of Lille from 1993 to 1995. That year, she obtained tenure as professor at the University of Picardy, where she founded the art history department. She now leads the Art et Sociétés and La Lettre Seminaire. She is a researcher at the Centres d'Études de Sciences Po, and was appointed to the Institut Universitaire de France in 1990. Bertrand-Dorléac also founded the art history department and directed the Faculty of Arts at Amiens from 1995–2000. She co-founded with Xavier Douroux, the book series Œuvres en sociétés with the publishing house du réel, 2007. Currently she is co-director with Thomas Kirchner, of the Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art, specifically the program of art in the world, and art in Paris after 1945, 2014. Art of the Defeat provides an unflinching look at the art scene in France during the German occupation. Beginning with Adolf Hitler's staging of the armistice at Rethondes, the book offers a survey of Nazi and Vichy artistic policies, key events and organizations, and individual acts of collaboration and resistance. Examined in the text are the demonization of foreigners and modernists, the looting of state museums and Jewish collections, the glorification of Philippe Pétain and French national identity, and the official junket by French artists to Germany. The narrative is grounded by archival research and discussion of works by Gérard Ambroselli, Jean Bazaine, Arno Breker, François Cogné, Aristide Maillol, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and dozens of other artists and artisans. The sum is a pioneering exposé of the deployment of art to hold darkness at bay. Condition: Very good / No dust jacket present.

Keywords: Gérard Ambroselli, Jean Bazaine, Arno Breker, François Cogné, Aristide Maillol, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Philippe Petain, Painters, Artists, Propaganda, French Resistance, Anti-Semitism, Censorship, Surrealism, Jews, Fine Ar

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