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Latin Blackness in Parisian Visual Culture, 1852-1932

Lyneise E. Williams (Associate Professor of Art History, UNC Chapel Hill, USA)

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Bloomsbury Visual Arts
21 February 2019
History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900; Human figures depicted in art
Latin Blackness in Parisian Visual Culture, 1852-1932 examines an understudied visual language used to portray Latin Americans in mid-19th to early 20th-century Parisian popular visual media. The term 'Latinize' is introduced to connect France's early 19th-century endeavors to create Latin America, an expansion of the French empire into the Latin-language based Spanish and Portuguese Americas, to its perception of this population.

Latin-American elites traveler to Paris in the 1840s from their newly independent nations were denigrated in representations rather than depicted as equals in a developing global economy. Darkened skin, etched onto images of Latin Americans of European descent mitigated their ability to claim the privileges of their ancestral heritage. Whitened skin, among other codes, imposed on turn-of-the-20th-century Black Latin Americans in Paris tempered their Blackness and rendered them relatively assimilatable compared to colonial Africans, Blacks from the Caribbean, and African Americans.

After identifying mid-to-late 19th-century Latinizing codes, the study focuses on shifts in latinizing visuality between 1890-1933 in three case studies: the depictions of popular Cuban circus entertainer Chocolat; representations of Panamanian World Bantamweight Champion boxer Alfonso Teofilo Brown; and paintings of Black Uruguayans executed by Pedro Figari, a Uruguayan artist, during his residence in Paris between 1925-1933.
By:   Lyneise E. Williams (Associate Professor of Art History UNC Chapel Hill USA)
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   650g
ISBN:   9781501332357
ISBN 10:   150133235X
Series:   Criminal Practice Series
Pages:   232
Publication Date:   21 February 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lyneise E. Williams is Associate Professor of Art History at UNC Chapel Hill, USA.

Reviews for Latin Blackness in Parisian Visual Culture, 1852-1932

Latin Blackness in Parisian Visual Culture, 1852-1932 is intellectually ambitious, providing a clear, readable, and well-researched view of a subject almost completely missing from the art historical literature on Parisian modernism: the representation of Black Latin Americans. This book thus crucially adds to a vital literature within modernism studies that considers the relationship of French culture-roughly the center of the art world in the modernist period-to colonized Africa and the African Diaspora. Williams takes up complex subjects of race and racial categories with elegance and clarity, and her acute discussions of particular works anchor these more general discussions in visual immediacy. Starting with a highly engaging consideration of representations of Latinized Blackness, she establishes a clear baseline of assumptions about this hybrid group-and Latin Americans in general-in French popular culture and modernist art. * Patricia Leighten, Professor Emerita, Duke University, USA *


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