In 1917 the painter George Groslier was given a mandate by the Governor General of Indochina to found an art school in Cambodia. Groslier went beyond the call of duty to undertake what he called 'the renovation of Cambodian arts'. Groslier’s program, based upon a well-articulated doctrine, aimed to save artistic practices perceived to be under threat and to return to Cambodia its own cultural identity as a rampart against its powerful neighbors, Siam and Vietnam. In addition to the Arts School, Groslier created a museum and an organ responsible for promoting Khmer art.

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George GROSLIER

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2014

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Udaya, Journal of Khmer Studies, 2014, Issue 12, pp. 7–40

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The Development of the Arts in Cambodia in the Colonial Period : George Groslier and the School of Cambodian Arts (1917-1945), Le Développement des Arts au Cambodge a L’Époque Coloniale: George Groslier et L’École des Arts Cambodgiens (1917-1945)