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The Resource Solar dance : Van Gogh, forgery, and the eclipse of certainty, Modris Eksteins

Solar dance : Van Gogh, forgery, and the eclipse of certainty, Modris Eksteins

Label
Solar dance : Van Gogh, forgery, and the eclipse of certainty
Title
Solar dance
Title remainder
Van Gogh, forgery, and the eclipse of certainty
Statement of responsibility
Modris Eksteins
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Art dealer Otto Wacker's 1932 sensational trial in Berlin for selling fake Van Goghs leads Eksteins to a unique narrative of a collapsing Weimar Germany, the rise of another misfit, Adolf Hitler, and the replacement of nineteenth-century certitude with twentieth-century doubt
  • In Modris Eksteins's hands, the interlocking stories of Vincent van Gogh and art dealer Otto Wacker reveal the origins of the fundamental uncertainty that is the hallmark of the modern era. Through the lens of Wacker's sensational 1932 trial in Berlin for selling fake Van Goghs, Eksteins offers a unique narrative of Weimar Germany, the rise of Hitler, and the replacement of nineteenth-century certitude with twentieth-century doubt. Berlin after the Great War was a magnet for art and transgression. Among those it attracted was Otto Wacker, a young gay dancer turned art impresario. His sale of thirty-three forged Van Goghs and the ensuing scandal gave Van Gogh's work unprecedented commercial value. It also called into question a world of defined values and standards that had already begun to erode during the war. Van Gogh emerged posthumously as a hero who rejected organized religion and other suspect sources of authority in favor of art. Self-pitying Germans saw in his biography a series of triumphs--over defeat, poverty, and meaninglessness--that spoke to them directly. Eksteins shows how the collapsing Weimar Republic that made Van Gogh famous and gave Wacker an opportunity for reinvention propelled a third misfit into the spotlight. Taking advantage of the void left by a gutted belief system, Hitler gained power by fashioning myths of mastery. Filled with characters who delight and frighten, Solar Dance merges cultural and political history to show how upheavals of the early twentieth century gave rise to a search for authenticity and purpose
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Eksteins, Modris
Dewey number
943.085
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DD239
LC item number
.E39 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gogh, Vincent van
  • Wacker, Otto
  • Germany
  • Authenticity (Philosophy)
  • Gogh, Vincent van
  • Wacker, Otto
  • HISTORY
  • ART
  • Authenticity (Philosophy)
  • Intellectual life
  • Public opinion
  • Germany
Label
Solar dance : Van Gogh, forgery, and the eclipse of certainty, Modris Eksteins
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-320) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • AESTHETE
  • SCRIBBLER
  • MADAM
  • SPIRIT
  • STORM
  • PHANTASMS
  • WINDS
  • FEVER
  • SODOMIA
  • SUN CHILD
  • Frontmatter
  • SHOWTIME
  • PALACE REVOLUTION
  • STORIES
  • SAILOR BOY
  • CERTIFIERS
  • CAVEAT EMPTOR
  • FAME
  • SOURCE
  • ALARUM
  • ALEXANDERPLATZ
  • CONTENTS
  • COUP
  • SURREALITY
  • SENSATION
  • RAVENS
  • EVIDENCE
  • CELA N'EST PAS ...
  • PRESENT SENSE
  • SEANCE
  • SCRIPTS
  • SEQUENCE
  • THE ISSUE
  • ETCETERA
  • PLUS ÇA CHANGE ...
  • APPRECIATION
  • EXPERTS
  • PROOF
  • SOUL
  • SUMMATIONS
  • SENTENCE
  • APPEAL
  • SYNONYMS
  • VISION
  • SYMBOL
  • SOPHIENSTRASSE
  • REAPER
  • NIGHT LIGHT
  • STUDIO SANARY
  • CRIME SCENE
  • MENDER
  • SCHEHEREZADE
  • WALL
  • OUR WEIMAR
  • SKY AGLOW
  • MANIA
  • EPILOGUE
  • NOTES
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • PHOTO CREDITS
  • INDEX
  • Backmatter
  • SUN ON SUNS
  • SPRING
  • DEALER
Control code
794428004
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (341 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674069541
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt2f1cmk
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)794428004
Label
Solar dance : Van Gogh, forgery, and the eclipse of certainty, Modris Eksteins
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-320) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • AESTHETE
  • SCRIBBLER
  • MADAM
  • SPIRIT
  • STORM
  • PHANTASMS
  • WINDS
  • FEVER
  • SODOMIA
  • SUN CHILD
  • Frontmatter
  • SHOWTIME
  • PALACE REVOLUTION
  • STORIES
  • SAILOR BOY
  • CERTIFIERS
  • CAVEAT EMPTOR
  • FAME
  • SOURCE
  • ALARUM
  • ALEXANDERPLATZ
  • CONTENTS
  • COUP
  • SURREALITY
  • SENSATION
  • RAVENS
  • EVIDENCE
  • CELA N'EST PAS ...
  • PRESENT SENSE
  • SEANCE
  • SCRIPTS
  • SEQUENCE
  • THE ISSUE
  • ETCETERA
  • PLUS ÇA CHANGE ...
  • APPRECIATION
  • EXPERTS
  • PROOF
  • SOUL
  • SUMMATIONS
  • SENTENCE
  • APPEAL
  • SYNONYMS
  • VISION
  • SYMBOL
  • SOPHIENSTRASSE
  • REAPER
  • NIGHT LIGHT
  • STUDIO SANARY
  • CRIME SCENE
  • MENDER
  • SCHEHEREZADE
  • WALL
  • OUR WEIMAR
  • SKY AGLOW
  • MANIA
  • EPILOGUE
  • NOTES
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • PHOTO CREDITS
  • INDEX
  • Backmatter
  • SUN ON SUNS
  • SPRING
  • DEALER
Control code
794428004
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (341 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674069541
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt2f1cmk
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)794428004

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