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