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Primitive Art and Artists

Nature volume 140, pages 619620 (09 October 1937) | Download Citation



AFTER this book had been written and was passing through the press, Prof. Julius E. Lips, formerly director of the Kautenstrauch-Joest Museum of Cologne, was moved to tell his readers in a foreword the circumstances of its production. Although not a Jew, his championship of freedom of thought and research brought him into conflict with the authorities and cost him his appointment. When deprived of all opportunity to continue his work and summoned to deliver up the material, which he had collected laboriously for the purpose of investigating this particular manifestation of primitive art, on the ground that it was subversive of the Nazi doctrine of Aryan supremacy—it certainly does not flatter the white man—he left his country to take refuge in Paris and later in America.

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