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Narrating British Art: Robert de la Sizeranne’s Use of Insularity

This paper proposes to examine the implicit definition of insularity used by French art critic Robert de la Sizeranne (1866­–1932) to determine and describe the expression of a British artistic identity.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Robert de la Sizeranne was established as an English art history expert on both sides of the Channel thanks to his famous publication English Contemporary Art (1895).

If insularity could be understood as the negative of a French and continental artistic expression, Robert de la Sizeranne progressively introduced a more ambiguous dichotomy, as the plastic and formal translations of insularity were substituted by moral facets.



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