Jean-Noël Sylvestre, Le sac de Rome par les Barbares en 410, 1890, huile sur toile, 197x130 cm, Sète, Musée Paul Valéry, Photo Jean Lepage

17 May 2017

North-South opposition: a paradigm of modernity?

Par Éric Michaud
At the Institute The School of Modernities

 “Between the last years of the 19th century and the Second World War, many artists and art historians displayed an effective rhetoric opposing a northern visual culture to a southern one.
Was this a question of ‘scientifically’ describing a relentless historical movement leading from the predominance of tactility in art to that of opticality, from the linear to the pictorial? Or was it rather a formidable ideological construction whose effects are still perceptible today?”

Eric Michaud.

Eric Michaud taught at the University of Strasbourg until 1998, when he was elected Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.
He has been a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Virginia, Duke University and the University of Buenos Aires, was a Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, Getty Research Center and a member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study (IAS).

His publications include:
Un art de l’éternité. L’image et le temps du national-socialisme (Gallimard, 1996 and Folio, 2017; The cult of art in Nazi Germany - Stanford U.P., 2004); Fabriques de l’homme nouveau: de Léger à Mondrian (Carré, 1997); L’histoire de l’art à ses frontières (Hazan, 2005); Les invasions barbares. Une généalogie de l’histoire de l’art (Gallimard, 2015).

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