LETTER OF SEMINAR 79
 

ARTS & SOCIETIES

Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po

 
 
 

HARTUNG BERGMAN FOUNDATION SEMINAR JULY 2014

THE ART OF TRENCHES
CLIK HERE FOR THE LETTER

Fondation Hartung-Bergman

Bertrand Tillier
The Art of the Trenches: Reflections on the Gaze of Jean-Jacques Lebel

 


Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Giry, Milena Glicenstein and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis

PREVIOUS LETTERS




 
EDITORIAL

           As a historian of anthropological art, Bertrand Tillier studies objects of all sorts manufactured in the trenches by the combatants of all nations who were engaged in the bloody conflict of the Great War. Conscious of the reticence of art historians to include such unclassifiable and disturbing products, he directs his attention toward the visual artist and writer Jean-Jacques Lebel, who, since 1957, has ceaselessly been gathering the inspired do-it-yourself handiwork [bricolages géniaux] of soldiers while telling us that “those who handcrafted [such works] were not professional artists but, rather, ‘temporarily living beings’ who felt the urge to leave behind a trace before altogether disappearing, for they sensed that they were immersed in death.”

Laurence Bertrand Dorléac


  ISSN 2268-3119    

Letter published with the support of the Foundation of France
Contact