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    Dan Franck(Author)

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'Between the Bateau-Lavoir and the Closerie des Lilas flows the Seine, and the history of modern art.' Thus begins Dan Franck's book on the bohemians who flourished when Paris was the creative capital of the world in the early 1900s. Franck's book covers the first thirty years of the twentieth century, when Montmartre and Montparnasse were filled with glorious subversives who were inventing modern art and the literary language of the century: Jarry with his owl and his revolvers, Picasso the gentle anarchist, Apollinaire the eroticist, Modigliani and his women, Max Jacob and his men, the fiery Aragon, the solitary Soutine, Man Ray, Gertrude Stein, Henri Matisse, Andre Breton and many others. They came from many different countries. They were painters, poets, sculptors, musicians, and began seminal movements such as fauvism, cubism and surrealism. For three decades they led the way in literature and painting. Their lives were as flamboyant as their work; they were hedonists, believed in free love and broke all the rules of conventional Parisian society. These men and women treated work as their life; they forever inhabited the characters they had become in legend. They were and always will be the heroes of the Bohemian period: a magnificent era whose influences and movements still reverberate at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Rather than a character study of the former Czech kingdom, Bohemians, the latest book from French author Dan Franck, takes a dashing turn around the blocks of early 20th-century Montparnesse and Montmartre, and its socially unconventional habitués. It's hardly uncharted territory, with recent titles such as John Richardson's masterly The Sorcerer's Apprentice and David Sweetman's Toulouse Lautrec and the Fin de Siecledrawn to Parisian decadence, yet Franck's imperious stewardship breathes fresh life into hoary tales and rekindles their passionate friendships and rivalries. Written in tandem with a novel, Nu Couche, the episodic, scenarist narrative of Bohemians swings between "real time" fictive history and tutorial, every chapter dramatically caressed to denouement, as we follow the evolutionary art chain of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Major players of the period such as Picasso, Modigliani, Braque, Apollinaire, Cocteau, Matisse and Soutine, bereft of funds but abundantly talented, dash off works to pay for drinks, and behave outlandishly, yet much of the book's kaleidoscopic pleasure comes from its supporting cast: Raymond Radiguet, precocious author of the bestselling Le Diable au Corps, protégé of Cocteau, dead at 20; Gertrude Stein's tyrannical court; Ernest Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald travelling to Lyons to pick up Fitzgerald's car, abandoned because it had started raining and his wife Zelda had sawn off the roof due to a dent. And perhaps the book's most remarkable chapter, only a couple of pages in length, that traces the history of war camouflage to the French Cubists in 1915.

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  • PDF | 448 pages
  • Dan Franck(Author)
  • Weidenfeld & Nicolson (20 Sept. 2001)
  • English
  • 7
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By Guest on 13 November 2001

    Do you think that you know who was Picasso? Braque? No you don't, or perhaps you think that you are not interested? Surely you will be after first pages. Did you know that Georges Braque famous painter invented masking tanks and soldiers. Yes, the troops from SAS or Marines are wearing the colours invented by painters during I world war. There are so many people living in Paris 100 years ago. But Frank writes about them as if they are just people not masters. Sometimes they are funny, sometimes stupid, sometimes wonderful. Thanks to the author they are real. And Paris is also real. I took this book to Paris and used as a guide book. But it's more: guide, history, anegdotes, art. Try it.

  • By mrs g gilmour on 26 February 2014

    It was a present for my son and I am told that as a student of art he is finding it useful.


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