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Paris Between the Wars 1919-1939: Art, Life & Cultureby Gerard Durozoi
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During the années folles following World War I, Paris underwent a creative fever that brought artists and intellectuals from around the world to the City of Light. The bohemian charms of Montparnasse attracted artists such as Picasso, Chagall, and Giacometti, while a vibrant café culture provided a forum for disputes between Dadaists and Surrealists and gave rise to a group of expatriate writers. The creative energy was all-encompassing, establishing Paris as the epicenter of new trends in the arts, a position it would occupy until World War II. This newest title in a celebrated series addresses such diverse topics as aesthetics, literature, the changing role of women, and the transformation of avant-garde culture.
"Teeming with nearly three million people from all walks of life, Paris between the two great wars experienced an artistic and intellectual golden age, detailed and illustrated here. During these years, writers explored unconventional subjects and styles, from Colette's exploration of the struggle between the sexes to CÃ©line's unconventional language and a darkly absurd vision of humanity. In music and dance, Stravinsky composed two emblematic works of modern neoclassicism, Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms; American jazz flowed in Montmartre clubs; Josephine Baker's topless dancing caused a sensation; and the Ballets Russes recruited the greatest practitioners of the dance, musical, and visual arts for revolutionary new ballets. Radical modernist architects grouped around Le Corbusier. Matisse's sensual odalisques, Duchamp's Mona Lisa with Mustache, Picasso's war-inspired Guernica, Chagall's dreamy flying lovers, and DalÃ's and Magritte's disturbing images all defined the era. The essays by the art historian authors are competent although dry and lacking a unifying introduction. The real treats are abundant illustrations that evoke a singular era that is indelibly impressed upon our collective cultural consciousness. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Book News Annotation:
From the end of the First World War until the beginning of the Second, Paris was the glittering cultural and artistic capital of Europe and, perhaps, the world. With a culture that blended a love of the avant-garde with a respect for tradition, the city attracted the best and the brightest of the world's artists and intellectuals, including Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Henry Miller, and Tamara de Lempicka. Profusely illustrated with photos, drawings, paintings, and posters, this book brings alive the vibrant culture of inter-war Paris in a way that makes readers almost feel as though they are there. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
New York Mid-Century is the story of how the postwar Big Apple emerged as the cultural capital of the world. Annie Cohen-Solal brings alive the influential critics and patrons, the legendary galleries, and the artists themselves. Paul Goldberger presents the modernist architectural masterpieces that created the cityandrsquo;s sleek new profile, highlighting both public and private spaces. Robert Gottlieb invites us to relive the heyday of the musical, explore the great jazz clubs of Harlem, and peek into the inventive studios of the dance world. Richly illustrated with art, photographs, and ephemera, this volumeis a stirring collection of a remarkably fertile period in the cityandrsquo;s history.
About the Author
Vincent Bouvet is an art historian specializing in 19th- and 20th-century decorative arts.
Gérard Durozoi, a French philosopher and art historian, is editor of a dictionary of modern and contemporary art and author of the acclaimed History of the Surrealist Movement.
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