Josephine le sinthome

[…] Josephine “is thus the vehicle for the collectivity’s affirmation of itself: she reflects their collective identity back to them;” she is needed because “only the intervention of art and the theme of the great artist could make it possible to grasp the essential anonymity of the people, who have no feeling for art, no reverence for the artist.” […] Josephine is treated as a celebrity, but not fetishized—her admirers are well aware that there[ …]