Annie Cohen-Solal is a French academic and writer. Born in pre-independence Algeria, she is part of the Jewish diaspora that left that country for France during the Algerian War of Independence. Her most famous work is a biography of Jean-Paul Sartre, Sartre: A Life, which has been translated into sixteen languages. The French edition of her book about the rise of American artists from the 19th to the 20th century, Un jour ils auront des peintres (English title: Painting American), was awarded the Prix Bernier by the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
In Spring 2010, Cohen-Solal published Leo and His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli, a cultural biography of Leo Castelli, America’s most influential art dealer, which was awarded the ArtCurial Prize for the best book on contemporary art.
From 1989 to 1993, Cohen-Solal served as Cultural Counselor at the French Embassy in the United States. She has taught at New York University, the University of Berlin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Cohen-Solal is a Professor of American studies at the Université de Caen as well as Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (Maryland).
In 2009, at the French Consulate in New York, she was presented with the title of Chevalier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the ‘National Order of the Legion of Honor’), the highest decoration in France, by Ambassador Pierre Vimont.
Annie Cohen-Solal lives in Paris and Cortona (Italy).
- Sartre: A Life
- Painting American: The Rise of American Artists, Paris 1867-New York 1948
- Leo and His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli
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