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Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica

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The Discovery of Alsatian Space in the Regionalist Art Historiography of the First Half of the 20th Century

Valentin Trifescu
Published Online: 2014-07-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/ausp-2014-0017


Our paper tries to analyse the way in which the regional identity of art historiography in Alsace came into being in the 20th century. Similarly to Transylvania, Alsace represented a highly disputed territory, being claimed by two hostile nations. We shall focus upon the regionalist point of view, which used to be overshadowed by the official nationalist discourse of the centres, Paris and Berlin. We shall examine the way in which a regional identity was invented through works of art. Regionalist art historians did no longer speak of the existence of French or German art in Alsace, but of the existence of an Alsatian art individualized within European art. We shall also emphasise the role the genius loci and regional geography played in forging this new identity.

Keywords: regional identity; art historiography; Alsace; regional geography


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Published Online: 2014-07-16

Published in Print: 2014-07-01

Citation Information: Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica, Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 241–254, ISSN (Online) 2068-2956, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/ausp-2014-0017.

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