Solar Dance by Modris Eksteins
Van Gogh, Forgery, and the Eclipse of Certainty

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...none of these disputes can quite measure up to the actual paintings.
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Art dealer Otto Wacker’s 1932 sensational trial in Berlin for selling fake Van Goghs leads Eksteins to a unique narrative of a collapsing Weimar Germany, the rise of another misfit, Adolf Hitler, and the replacement of nineteenth-century certitude with twentieth-century doubt.
 

About Modris Eksteins

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Modris Eksteins is Professor Emeritus of History, at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 366 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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WSJ online

Below average
Reviewed by Hugh Eakin on May 04 2012

...none of these disputes can quite measure up to the actual paintings.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by MARK KINGWELL on Feb 10 2012

Eksteins tells his story in a suitably looping and layered manner, with many darts and artful reverses...

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Jeet Heer on Feb 03 2012

Eksteins is a major historian and Solar Dance, like everything he writes, deserves a wide and attentive readership.

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