Paris: Capital of the Arts

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This heavy volume, which accompanies an exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, follows the development of the visual arts in Paris from the Universal Exposition in 1900 to the protests of 1968. Both English- and French-speaking scholars contribute to the book, which follows the chronological migration of the major art movements of this period around the neighborhoods of Paris, such as Montmartre (1900s-20s), Montparnasse (1920s-30s), Saint-Germain-des-Pr s (1940s-50s), and the Latin Quarter (1960s). Such major movements as Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, and Nouveau Realisme are discussed, as are both major and minor artists (e.g., Matisse, Picasso, Man Ray, Jean Fautrier, and Niki de Saint Phalle) in relation to the changing social and political climate of Paris. One of the most enlightening essays, by Eric de Chassey (Univ. of Tours, France), explores the French rivalry and response to the growth of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting in America during the 1950s and 1960s and New York's supplanting Paris as the major center for visual art. Filled with 280 full-color illustrations and a detailed time line, this excellent and comprehensive catalog is recommended for all libraries that collect art books and those academic libraries supporting French studies programs. Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810966390
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 445
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.12 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

President's Foreword 7
Sponsor's Preface 8
Acknowledgements 9
Introduction 12
Montmartre: Artistic Revolution 28
Paris: The Arts and the 'Internationale de I'esprit' 40
Catalogue plates 54
Montparnasse and the Right Bank: Myth and Reality 106
At One Remove: Parisian Modernists on the Cote d'Azur 118
Catalogue plates 128
Saint-Germain-des-Pres:Antifascism, Occupation and Postwar Paris 236
Paris from Behind the Iron Curtain 250
Catalogue plates 262
Paris in the 1960s: Towards the Barricades of the Latin Quarter 330
Paris-New York: Rivalry and Denial 344
Catalogue plates 352
Timeline 406
Bibliography 422
Artists' Bibliography 431
List of Works 436
List of Lenders 439
Photographic Acknowledgements 440
Index 442
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