Journal Article

The art dealer and collector as visionary

Veronica Grodzinski

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 21, issue 2, pages 221-228
Published in print November 2009 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online March 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhp012
The art dealer and collector as visionary

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The Berlin Jewish art dealer Paul Cassirer was the main instigator of the creation of a commercial market for Vincent van Gogh in Wilhelmine Germany. The narrative is set against the artist's controversial reception in the Netherlands and in Republican France, and follows his art's progress to Imperial Germany, where it was also received with considerable opposition, culminating in the Vinnen Protest of 1911. By contrast, the country also witnessed the enthusiastic acceptance of Van Gogh's work among liberal museum directors and Cassirer's client-collectors, a small but dedicated circle of modernist art patrons. The paper concludes that Wilhelmine patrons of Van Gogh were leaders of the European visual avant-garde, and by welcoming radical new art, they accepted its ideological component, which became an inspiration in their search for identity and modernity. This was especially the case among German Jewish patrons, who made up a disproportionately high percentage of Van Gogh patrons before 1914.

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Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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