The Journal of the Transatlantic Art Dealer:
René Gimpel (1918-1939)
by Diana Kostyrko
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Collectors and Dealers Series (HMCD 2)
approx. 220 p., 45 b/w ill. + 3 colour ill., 220 x 280 mm, 2017
Languages: English, French
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The transatlantic art dealer, René Gimpel (1881-1945), maintained an interwar journal for twenty-one years until, like many Jews in France, he was overtaken by radical political events.
In this book, Diana Kostyrko explores why Gimpel’s journal should be taken seriously as a sociohistorical document. In contextualising the journal, including its reception since first published in 1963, she intercuts art history with material culture and a sociology of modernity. Firstly setting the art dealer in context, the author examines the dominant themes which thread through the journal ‑ ranging from the escalation in power and status of European dealers catering to but also rivalling wealthy private collectors, to the irresistible pressure of twentieth-century modernity on collecting practices.