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Paris Between the Wars: Artistic Life in the Twenties and Thirties

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The scope and character of artistic life in Paris during the Roaring Twenties and the Depression Thirties are the subject of the present book, brilliantly treated in a collection of extraordinary photographs and a richly informative text by Carol Mann, novelist, journalist, and scholar of twentieth-century art. The end of what Europeans call the Great War (1914-1918) marked the beginning of tremendous creativity in the aesthetic and social life of Paris. The glittering, cosmopolitan atmosphere attracted a large ...
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Overview

The scope and character of artistic life in Paris during the Roaring Twenties and the Depression Thirties are the subject of the present book, brilliantly treated in a collection of extraordinary photographs and a richly informative text by Carol Mann, novelist, journalist, and scholar of twentieth-century art. The end of what Europeans call the Great War (1914-1918) marked the beginning of tremendous creativity in the aesthetic and social life of Paris. The glittering, cosmopolitan atmosphere attracted a large artistic and intellectual circle from every corner of France and the Western world. In this book the art life of the era is comprehensively documented and placed in its original context, showing the extent to which the extreme, often baffling, antics of the avant-garde affected quotidian existence. Captured in image and text alike are gatherings of artists and intellectuals in cafes, studios, new boutiques, innovative examples of architecture and interiors, theatrical sets, dance performances, and major expositions - all of which radiate the mood and energy that fired the age.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A dynamic portrait of Paris during one of the century's most exciting creative periods, Mann's atmospheric chronicle is studded with 190 duotone period photographs. Revealing shots mingled with posed studio images capture Josephine Baker, Picasso, Antonin Artaud, Jean Cocteau, Andr Derain, Marcel Duchamp, Raymond Radiguet, Fernand Leger and Le Corbusier, to name a few. Mann, a journalist, exhibition organizer, novelist and lecturer on art, compellingly presents interwar Paris as a civilizing force, a city that roared and shook from nightclubs to cafs to theaters, aswirl with cubism, futurism, jazz, dadaist and surrealist provocations. Yet she also notes that the avant-garde was a fringe movement, increasingly eclipsed as the bohemian '20s gave way to the anxiety-riddled '30san observation reinforced by photos of street life, unemployment lines and preparations for war. (Oct.)
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The scope and character of artistic life in Paris during the Roaring Twenties and the Depression Thirties are explored in lively text and illustrated with 188 evocative b&w photos (many previously unpublished). The author is a novelist, journalist, and scholar of 20th-century art. The photos are well-displayed<-->most full page<--> in an oversize format (10x12.5<">). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865659810
  • Publisher: Vendome Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.67 (w) x 12.35 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 'Les Annees Folles' 7
1 Mythical Paris 15
2 Street Life 47
3 Avant-Gardes 77
4 Living the Life in Paris 113
5 International Exhibitions 151
6 The Portentous Thirties 187
Bibliography 205
Index 206
Picture Acknowledgements 208
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