Orientalist Aesthetics: Art, Colonialism, and French North Africa, 1880-1930


"Roger Benjamin's "Orientalist Aesthetics dramatically enhances our understanding of French colonial visual culture during the period of colonialism's greatest ambitions. It is a richly nuanced book, about the densely imbalanced connections between France and North Africa, full of fascinating images and elegant analysis, exemplary in its wide-ranging attention to art works, popular spectacle, institutions, scholarship, and the contradictory workings of colonial culture and power. This book should be read not only by art historians and North Africa specialists, but by anyone concerned with colonial cultures and their legacies."--Nicholas Thomas, author of "Possessions: Indigenous Art/Colonial Culture

""Orientalist Aesthetics represents an impressive feat of research and a tale heretofore untold. Especially fascinating is Roger Benjamin's choice not simply to interrogate the institutional history of French Orientalist painting, but to consider more broadly the French management of indigenous artsas well as,some of the Algerian artists who fashioned careers during this period. This is an original and responsible reconstruction of a significant and complex history."--Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, author of "Extremities: Painting Empire in Post-Revolutionary France

"At once broad and minutious, "Orientalist Aesthetics treats the major institutions and actors who brought about the encyclopedic Orientalist movement. Roger Benjamin's work has the potential to significantly advance the dialogue between Europe and the United States on current problems in post-colonial studies."--Francois Pouillon, author of "Les deux vies d'Etienne Dinet, peintre en Islam: L'Algerie et l'heritage colonial

"RogerBenjamin's engrossing and painstakingly researched book breaks new ground in the study of Orientalism. The fifty years of the book's novel compass have been virtually untouched by previous studies. Benjamin's subtle understa

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