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The First World War and its effects on art dealers, exhibitions and collectors.

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Part of a series of 8 lectures presented live on Zoom which can be booked as a full programme, or select lectures.

By AIR Courses, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Lecture 4, 28 October:

Crisis, speculation and snobbery: The First World War and its effects on art dealers, exhibitions and collectors

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When the war broke out, Franz Jourdain, president of the Salon d’Automne, is supposed to have shouted, ‘At last, Cubism is done for!’ But Cubism suffered no more than other varieties of painting from the war. It soon became clear that in wartime anything could become an object of speculation. The confiscation and liquidation of property of German nationals flooded the market with art and made it difficult to maintain high prices at a high level. At the same time most remarkable avant-garde exhibitions were organised in Russia. In this lecture we will discuss the effect of the WWI on artists and art market in France, Britain, Russia, Germany and Austria.

See Summary of full programme here.

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