charles ratton and the invention of “primitive” art

Couverture du catalogue de l'exposition Charles Ratton - Click to enlarge, open in a new window

An expert, dealer and collector, Charles Ratton made his mark on the history of the reception of “primitive” arts. Through his connections with multimedia artists and photographers (Dubuffet, Man Ray) and through his expert activities and the exhibitions he organised, he contributed to the shift in status of works from Africa, the Americas and Oceania: from “objects for anthropological research” to “objects of art” in the 1930s, then to “masterpieces” in the 1960s, both in France and the United States. 


184 pages • 22 x 27.5 cm • €35 
Co-published by Musée du quai Branly and Skira Flammarion
ISBN: 978-2-081-29540-7