Paris Portraits: Artists, Friends, and Lovers

Paris Portraits: Artists, Friends, and Lovers

by Kenneth E. Silver

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Set against the backdrop of tumultuous Parisian vanguard art and society of the early 20th century, this exhibition catalog captures the vitality and expressive qualities of portraiture at a time when it seemed threatened by photography. Portraits in painting, sculpture, and on paper by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Duchamp, and other heavyweights are counterbalanced by the works of lesser-known artists such as Paul Colin, Romaine Brooks, and Christian Bérard. The exhibit draws portraits from large and small museums and private collections, affording glimpses of works that are seldom accessible for study. Photos are used liberally to reinforce the show's strong biographical bent. In the long opening essay, Silver (modern art, NYU; adjunct curator, Bruce Museum) provides an overview of individual and group portraiture from the fauves through cubism and surrealism, with special attention on intense personal relations and networking among artists, writers, dealers, collectors, models, and urban legends such as Josephine Baker and Pierre Mac Orlan. In the catalog portion of the book, Bruce Museum curator Abigail Newman excels in describing the portraits. Printed in a pleasing format with crisp reproductions but unfortunately lacking an index and bibliography; recommended for academic art and visual culture collections.
—Russell T. Clement

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Yale University Press
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