By Antoine Compagnon
Dès le début du XIXe siècle Hegel jugeait que los angeles gloire de l'art était derrière lui, dans le passé, et il annonçait rien de moinsque l. a. fin de l'art. Est-ce à cette fin, toujours différée depuis près de deux cents ans, que nous assistons aujourd'hui ? Ne serait-ce pas plutôt à los angeles faillite des doctrines qui voulaient "expliquer" l'art donc lui assigner un "but" et penser son histoire en termes de "progrès" ? Telles sont les questions qui sont au coeur des Cinq paradoxes de los angeles modernité. Et s'il y en a précisément cinq, c'est que, depuis Baudelaire, l'histoire de l'art a connu cinq crises majeures correspondant à autant de contradictions non résolues.Les lecteurs qui ignorent les rudiments de l'histoire récente des beaux-arts trouveront là un advisor sûr. les autres y trouveront une point of view originale (baudelairienne) propre à éclairer les soubresauts actuels de los angeles "postmodernité".
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281. , p. 294. 34 LOUISIANA TERRITORY Both Spain and France moved aggressively to stake their claims in the continental center of North America. Neither saw much intrinsic value in the grassy steppes, snowy mountains, and lazy rivers that lay between them. They had even less respect for the indigenous inhabitants, unless of course the Native Americans could contribute to the imperial coffers of European monarchs. To be sure, access to the Mississippi River would become a hotly contested issue, directly involving both the Spanish and French crowns.
The diminutive dictator also harbored grandiose illusions concerning a new French empire in North America. Toward this end, he had to check the further expansion of the United States. Louisiana was the key here. Napoleon figured that if he resumed control over the territory and reversed the transfer agreement of 1762, he could station a French garrison along the Mississippi and erect what his chief minister, Charles de Talleyrand, dubbed a “wall of brass” in the way of American westward movement.
Les Cinq Paradoxes de la modernité by Antoine Compagnon