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The story of dealers of Old Masters, champions of modern art, and victims of Nazi plunder. Since the late-1990s, the fate of Nazi stolen art has become a cause célèbre. In Belonging and Betrayal, Charles Dellheim turns this story on its head by revealing how certain Jewish outsiders came to acquire so many old and modern masterpieces in the first place – and what this reveals about Jews, art, and modernity. This book tells the epic story of the fortunes and misfortunes of a small number of eminent art dealers and collectors who, against the odds, played a pivotal role in the migration of works of art from Europe to the United States and in the triumph of modern art. Beautifully written and compellingly told, this story takes place on both sides of the Atlantic from the late nineteenth century to the present. It is set against the backdrop of critical transformations, among them the gradual opening of European high culture, the ambiguities of Jewish acculturation, the massive sell-off of aristocratic family art collections, the emergence of different schools of modern art, the cultural impact of World War I, and the Nazi war against the Jews.
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|Publisher:||Brandeis University Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.90(d)|
About the Author
Charles Dellheim is professor of history at Boston University. He is the author of The Face of the Past: The Preservation of the Medieval Inheritance in Victorian England and The Disenchanted Isle: Mrs. Thatcher’s Capitalist Revolution.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsPrologue: Reframing the PicturePart I. The Old Masters’ New Masters1. Horse Dealer to Art Dealer2. Treasure Island3. Assimilating Art4. Acquiring Eyes5. Metropolitan ManPart II. Was Modernism Jewish?6. Madman and Sons7. Was Modernism Jewish?8. First Impressionists9. Berlin Calling10. Between Bohemian and Bourgeois11. The Right BankerPart III. In The Middle12. The Wheel of War13. Brothers-in-Arms14. Custody Battles15. In the Market of Love16. Brothers-in-Law17. Gentlemen and PlayersPart IV. To Have And Have Not18. Artful Jews19. Artless Jews20. Next Year in Paris?21. After the Fall22. The Dispossessed23. The Exiles and the KingdomEpilogue: A Crack in Everything