Playing at Frenchness: Sports and Symbols in Robert Delaunay’s The Cardiff Team, 1912-1913 Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Ozerkevich, Rachel
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History, Art History
  • Robert Delaunay’s The Cardiff Team testifies to the contradictory and overlapping manifestations of Frenchness at the outset of the First World War. Ideas about the city, the modern nation-state, and international communities run through this group of works, but since “identity” is never a singular entity, these broad categories inevitably overlap with and contradict each other. In particular, these paintings are in dialogue with some of the ways in which Frenchness, as a concept always in question, was navigated in this period. This thesis considers implications of the individual symbols in these works, and the conflicting understandings of identity that emerge when the symbols are imaged together as they are in the three versions of The Cardiff Team. The larger role that sports played in French culture and politics in the period surrounding these works’ creation offers another useful lens through which to discuss The Cardiff Team.
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  • String, Tatiana
  • Sherman, Daniel
  • Sheriff, Mary D.
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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