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In Montmartre
In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art | Sue Roe
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A lively and deeply researched group biography of the figures who transformed the world of art in bohemian Paris in the first decade of the twentieth century In Montmartre is a colorful history of the birth of Modernist art as it arose from one of the most astonishing collections of artistic talent ever assembled. It begins in October 1900, as a teenage Pablo Picasso, eager for fame and fortune, first makes his way up the hillside of Pariss famous windmill-topped district. Over the next decade, among the studios, salons, cafs, dance halls, and galleries of Montmartre, the young Spaniard joins the likes of Henri Matisse, Andr Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Georges Braque, Amedeo Modigliani, Constantin Brancusi, Gertrude Stein, and many more, in revolutionizing artistic expression. Sue Roe has blended exceptional scholarship with graceful prose to write this remarkable group portrait of the men and women who profoundly changed the arts of painting, sculpture, dance, music, literature, and fashion. She describes the origins of movements like Fauvism, Cubism, and Futurism, and reconstructs the stories behind immortal paintings by Picasso and Matisse. Relating the colorful lives and complicated relationships of this dramatic bohemian scene, Roe illuminates the excitement of the moment when these bold experiments in artistic representation and performance began to take shape. A thrilling account, In Montmartre captures an extraordinary group on the cusp of fame and immortality. Through their stories, Roe brings to life one of the key moments in the history of art. Praise for In Montmartre "Lively and engaging.[Readers] will find a fresh sense of how all these peoplethe geniuses and the hangers-on, the wealthy collectors and the unworldly paintersrelated to each other..In [Roes] entertaining, ingeniously structured account Roe brings Montmatres hedyday back to life." Sunday Times (London) "With evocative imagery Roe sketches out the intensely visual spectacle on which Montmatres artistic community was able to draw. Roe is particularly good at communicating the extraordinary devotion of Matisse and Picasso to their work." Financial Times From the Hardcover edition.
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ValerieAndBooks
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Bailedbailed

I kept trying to get back into this — but after several weeks of reading a little at a time, calling this a bail. It‘s not badly written. May be just wrong timing or that there wasn‘t enough new (to me) info to grip me 🤷🏻‍♀️ .

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Rachbb3
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Today's #Bookmail #Bookhaul 👍

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ValerieAndBooks
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It‘s all right— lots of boomerang kids turn out just fine 😅 !

batsy This book sounds really interesting! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @batsy taken in small doses, it can be interesting reading. It goes into a lot of details often! 3mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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Starting this as my non-fiction read.by the pool. It‘s 90° today.

Liz_M Your pool looks so lovely! 3mo
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alisahar
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New favorite coffee shop! It has a boîte à lire— a box of books where you can drop a book off or take one.

Lcsmcat Love this! 2y
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Andrea313
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Reading tonight for work and pleasure- studying up for one of next's seasons operas while dreaming of one of my favorite places. #27opera #gertrudestein #montmartre

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sofiaga
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I hit the Fine Arts Museum of Montreal today. You can always find something nice to add to your to read pile.

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vtriay
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