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‘She vividly charts the birth of surrealism . . . a tale rich in absurdity and outlandish characters, from Cocteau and Max Ernst to Dali and Picasso’ Sunday Times
In this entertaining and informative biography, Sue Roe illustrates how surrealism emerged in Paris amidst an artistic ambience of lively experimentation. Before surrealism made its startling impact, artists including Marcel Duchamp and Giorgio De Chirico had already begun to shift the focus of the art scene in Montparnasse. Beginning with Duchamp, Roe tells the story of the wonderfully eccentric and avant-garde Dada movement, the birth of Surrealist photography with Man Ray and his muse Kiki de Montparnasse, the love triangle between writer Paul Eluard, his wife Gala and the artist Max Ernst, until the arrival of Salvador Dali in 1929. In Montparnasse recounts the extraordinary, revolutionary work these artists undertook as much as the salons, cafe life, friendships, rows and love affairs that were their background.
‘Highly colourful . . . they’re all here, the big names of the time – behaving badly, and, at times, quite madly too’ Observer
‘Brings together some of the chief protagonists in one of the 20th century’s most inventive art movements. A vivid read’ Radio Times
With evocative imagery Roe sketches out the intensely visual spectacle on which Montmartre's artistic community was able to draw * Financial Times on 'In Montmartre' * A colourful narrative describing the travails and triumphs of an equally colourful cast. * New Statesman on 'In Montmartre' * [Roe]skilfully weaves her descriptions of artworks into her romp through the artists' struggles and fractious relationships. * The Times on 'In Montmartre' * Lively and engaging... in her entertaining, ingeniously structured account Roe brings Montmartre's heyday back to life. * The Sunday Times on 'In Montmartre' * An elegant synthesis of complex material... it excels: Roe is a skilled and graceful writer. * The Telegraph on 'In Montmartre' * Admirable. What an eye for art Roe has. Brilliant * Guardian, on `In Montmartre' * Enjoyable, engaging, rollicking - the storytelling is lively * Spectator, on `In Montmartre' * Sue Roe describes with plenty of colour how surrealism was born and developed in Montparnasse . . . Roe marshals [the figures behind dada and surrealism] with great finesse * The Times * She vividly charts the birth of surrealism . . . a tale rich in absurdity and outlandish characters, from Cocteau and Max Ernst to Dali and Picasso * Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times * Brings together some of the chief protagonists in one of the 20th century's most inventive art movements. A vivid read * Radio Times * Roe is a talented writer, fascinated by la vie Boheme . . . She can find phrases that perfectly capture the feeling of a neighbourhood * John Carey, Sunday Times * Highly colourful . . . they're all here, the big names of the time - behaving badly, and, at times, quite madly too * Rachel Cooke, Observer *
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