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Twilight of the Belle Epoque
Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends through the Great War | Mary McAuliffe
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Mary McAuliffe’s Dawn of the Belle Epoque took the reader from the multiple disasters of 1870–1871 through the extraordinary re-emergence of Paris as the cultural center of the Western world. Now, in Twilight of the Belle Epoque, McAuliffe portrays Paris in full flower at the turn of the twentieth century, where creative dynamos such as Picasso, Matisse, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Proust, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, and Isadora Duncan set their respective circles on fire with a barrage of revolutionary visions and discoveries. Such dramatic breakthroughs were not limited to the arts or sciences, as innovators and entrepreneurs such as Louis Renault, André Citroën, Paul Poiret, François Coty, and so many others—including those magnificent men and women in their flying machines—emphatically demonstrated. But all was not well in this world, remembered in hindsight as a golden age, and wrenching struggles between Church and state as well as between haves and have-nots shadowed these years, underscored by the ever-more-ominous drumbeat of the approaching Great War—a cataclysm that would test the mettle of the City of Light, even as it brutally brought the Belle Epoque to its close. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, McAuliffe brings this remarkable era from 1900 through World War I to vibrant life.
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Rachbb3
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Books coming to life! I recently read this book, which I loved. I told my husband to get me out of the house, so we spent the day at the SF MOMA and some of the works of art in the book are displayed there. Matisse is one of my favorite artists. Such a great day! ❤❤❤

Top pic - Braque
Bottom - Matisse

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I love this time period all the way through the 1940's. The lives of the artists, composers, writers and entertainers are fascinating, and behind it all Paris. 💗💗💗 That being said this book was pure candy. I have ordered every McAuliffe book based on this one book.

#LitsyAtoZ

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Rachbb3
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#bookmail 💗 The tagged book is definitely a #blameitonlitsy buy.

rubyslippersreads Both look fascinating. 😊 12mo
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Today's interesting used finds.

batsy Gorgeous cover on the right. 2y
DivineDiana Great finds! 👏🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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@bookriot #RiotGrams #October Challenge-books connected to #artandillustration. Most of my books are at my parents' house, so these are just a few of the books bought over the last few years. I like using the brochures/tickets of entry to art galleries as bookmarks so the photo also has all my art-related 'bookmarks ', from all the art galleries I've been to!

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It was a tough call...which to pick? But I went for TWILIGHT OF THE BELLE EPOQUE for my bedtime reading tonite

RadicalReader @hollytucker this title I literally misread as Bella burlesque ooops 2y
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