Shocking Paris

Shocking Paris

Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse

Book - 2015
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For a couple of decades before World War II, a group of immigrant painters and sculptors-- including Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine and Jules Pascin-- dominated the new art scene of Montparnasse in Paris. Art critics gave them the name "the School of Paris" to set them apart from the French-born young artists of the period. Modigliani and Chagall eventually attained enormous worldwide popularity, but in those earlier days, most School of Paris painters looked on Soutine as their most talented contemporary.
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781137278807
Characteristics: 238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jan 02, 2018

Pretty interesting - about the Jewish artists who moved to Paris in the early 1900s, especially Soutine, and Chagall and Modigliani. Some interesting photos, but terrible renditions of his paintings. If you go online, you see why he's considered so good. The narrative takes quite a few rabbit trails into the lives of the dealers, buyers, models and other artists, but it adds up to an interesting picture of Paris at that time. Next time I go I will visit Montparnasse for sure, and the Orangerie which apparently has a splendid room stuffed with Soutines.


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