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Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern

Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern

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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.

Author: Charles Dellheim
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Published: 09/21/2021
Pages: 672
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 3.15lbs
Size: 10.00h x 7.20w x 1.80d
ISBN: 9781684580569

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 08/15/2021
Library Journal 10/01/2021 pg. 79

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.

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