"You ought to write. You need to probe the heart of life": art dealer and diarist René Gimpel and the interwar transatlantic art trade (1918-1939) . Review of: The Journal of a Transatlantic Art Dealer. René Gimpel, 1918-1939, by Diana J. Kostyrko, London, Turnhout: Harvey Miller/ Brepols Publishers, 2017

Marie Tavinor
2020 Journal of Art Historiography  
A prominent art dealer operating between Paris and New York during the interwar years, René Gimpel (1881-1945) kept a diary which was first published in 1963 and then republished in an extended version in 2011. Using the diary as a tool, albeit acknowledging its sometimes problematic nature as literary object, Diana J. Kostyrko seeks to frame Gimpel's life and business activity in a vast transdisciplinary account. This valuable book, the second in Harvey Miller s series on Collectors and
more » ... llectors and Dealers, fills some important historiographic gaps in the history of collecting, the history of the art market and more broadly sheds light on the rise of modernity.
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