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Kiki de Montparnasse

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,290 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Kiki never do the same thing for three days in a row – never, never, never!”

Winner of Angouleme Festival's Essential Prix & RTL Grand Prix. In the bohemian and brilliant Montparnasse of the 1920s, Kiki escaped poverty to become one of the most charismatic figures of the avant-garde years between the wars. Partner to Man Ray, she would be immortalised by many artists. T
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2007)
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Seth T.
Jan 29, 2013 Seth T. rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
My wife, after reading Kiki de Montparnasse for something near a half hour, stopped and asked me: "Is this for real? Did men really just go up to women and offer them a few bucks to flash their boobs?" I assured her that it was and that it's the same today and it's not a big thing and everybody does it. I was not very convincing. Probably because I was as surprised as her. I knew the early twentieth century in Europe1 was a rambunctious time—what with the swift ideological, artistic, and moral p ...more
Sam Quixote
Aug 28, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
Alice Prin was born in 1901 into poverty in rural France. Raised by a loving grandmother along with several other bastards, her mother was in Paris chasing artists and the high life while her biological father was nowhere to be found, and when Alice turned 12 she was sent to Paris. Her high energy and natural beauty became too much for her carefree mother and after being caught modelling nude for a local painter, Alice was turned away by her mother and forced to make a living on the streets.

David Schaafsma
In 1979 I visited a Surrealism/Dada exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Museum Art and I was enthralled. After that I visited every similar exhibit I could see and collected books on that and related subjects. Recently I attended yet another related exhibition. Shatter Rupture Break is a spring 2015 Chicago Art Institute exhibition that "examines modern art and the rapidly shifting conditions of modernity through the provocative lens of fragmentation." Artists such as Robert Delaunay and Gino ...more
Monika Yulianti
Jul 25, 2015 Monika Yulianti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first graphic novel! I finished this book within 12 hours, and I love it! The colourful life of Kiki de Montparnasse, a model, painter, artist, singer, actress, dancer, an entertainer onstage as well as offstage. She was a free spirit in the truest form. I also enjoyed the beautiful drawings and the details regarding France circa 1901-1953.
Cette bédé-brique est un tourbillon de visages, de fêtes, de toiles, de liaisons amoureuses, de musique & d’après-midi en terrasse.

C’est étourdissant.

C’est surtout l’histoire d’Alice Prin, arrivée à Paris à l’adolescence & devenue dans les années 20 l’une des modèles les plus en demande de Montparnasse, chouchoutée par les artistes de l’avant-garde parisienne. Kiki, comme on la surnomme très vite, est haute en couleur, bruyante, parfois vulgaire mais toujours vivante, délicieusement heur
Olipa kiinnostava elämäkerta-sarjis Montparnassen sotienvälisen ajan kuningattaresta, taiteilijoiden muusasta, Kikistä. Kun sarjisgenre on aika vieras, en osaa siihen verrata, mutta yksittäisenä lukukokemuksena hieno ja avartava. Etenkin, koska kirja kuvaa pääasiassa suosikkiaikakauttani 1920-lukua ja sen williä pariisilaista elämää.
Elizabeth A
Dec 28, 2015 Elizabeth A rated it liked it
Shelves: graphix, 2015, non-fiction
This graphic biography introduced me to Kiki who "escaped poverty to become one of the most charismatic figures of the avant-garde years between the wars. Partner to Man Ray, she would be immortalized by many artists. The muse of a generation, she was one of the first emancipated women of the 20th century".

While I did not love the art in this book, I was fascinated by this woman, and her life. Since this book attempts to cover her entire life, it has to jump around a lot, and introduce us to lo
Tate Ryan
This is the second 'longish' graphic novel i have read and I'm not sure i'm into them. However I give credit that at least KIKI is a charismatic character worth writing about I just wish it was done in a more a succinct way and with specialised artwork (maybe in colour) that conveyed her beauty and lively character while spending more time on her inner thoughts and why she acted the way she did rather that introducing us to every famous french artist she met. I wanted to know more about her than ...more
Jun 28, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I loved this graphic novel based on the life of Alice Prin, better known as Kiki of Montparnasse. She rose to fame as a model for a variety of artists, most famously perhaps Man Ray who took the photo of Kiki known as Ingre's Violin, as represented on the cover. She was a cabaret performer, muse, and artist in her own right and was well known for being at the heart of many-a-party and the breaker of many hearts.

The story can be read without any knowledge of the community of creative expatriates
Karel-Willem Delrue
De setting is natuurlijk schitterend. Het Parijs van de jaren 20 spreekt tot ieders verbeelding. Het idee om een verhaal te vertellen vanuit het standpunt van Alice Prin (Kiki van Montparnasse) is in die context een schot in de roos: een sensuele vrouw komt in Parijs in contact met het toenmalige kruim van de kunstenwereld.
Maar Kiki laat heel wat kansen liggen. De tekenstijl is te jeugdig, de structuur te rechtlijnig, de overgangen te bruusk (te vaak betrapte ik mezelf erop de paginanummers te c
A biography in the form of a graphic novel about a woman who almost defined the art scene and the night life of Paris and particularly Montparnasse during the 1920's. Of course I had never heard of her before but I had heard of many of the men in her life.

I am not a one who is interested in celebraties of today but when they "become history" I start to get interested, especially if they had a controversial or eventful life. Kiki liked to party and unfortunately that ended her life eventually.

Jul 06, 2015 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une magnifique reconstitution de la vie de Kiki de Montparnasse, en successions de fragments, classés selon les maisons qu'elle a habitées au cours de sa vie. C'est à la fois rafraîchissant et bouillonnant, joyeux et touchant. Un document épatant, où on retrouve encore tellement de thématiques contemporaines : conception de l'art, de la féminité, entre autres. J'ai parfois du mal à comprendre comment on peut aborder tant de problématiques dans quelques croquis et des petites bulles, mais pourtan ...more
Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
I must not have been paying attention, because until I had the book in my hands, I had no idea it wasn't a traditional biography. I wanted to read it because it has to do with art and artists, and I am a former art major.

There was nothing in the pages to endear me to any of the characters, except perhaps Foujita. Kiki was rather annoying and childish. The artists came off as assholes or abusers, and the fact that they were artists is not an excuse in my mind. Also, this book did a lot to de-glam
May 23, 2016 Charlène rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd, livre-pr-t
Montparnasse, les années 20 et le portrait d'une femme comme on les aime!
Nov 15, 2012 Sonic rated it really liked it
This huge biographic-comic takes us through a series of vignettes illustrating the life and times of Kiki, model, muse and party girl who in turn takes us on a tour of the roaring bohemian scene of Paris at the birth of Surrealism and Dadaism with her colorful cast of friends who just happen to be the great artists of that time!
This book had a breezy, frivolous feel to me at first, but the more I read, the more interested I became in this astounding and colorful character and that thriving art s
I loved this book. I was really drawn in and became immersed in Kiki's life. I normally wouldn't care for an autobiography, and I did not know all that much about her before I picked up this book on a whim, but her life was a amazing. She truly embodied the times and places and spirit of the age. While I don't feel drawn to the art world or the fast life, I feel that reading her story and the biographies of all the major players in her circle and her life really revealed something about history ...more
May 02, 2016 Mahinn rated it it was amazing
Kiki of Montparnasse comes back to life within these pages so generously illustrated, so dutifully annotated. A character sketch of a woman one admires and feels empathy for and wants to shake by the shoulders into some good sense. And yet. The charm has its ways.

Kiki's charisma, brazen sexuality, and confidence are a slap in the face of coquettes. She is a lover. A muse. An artist. A singer, dancer, performer, entertainer. She is a woman. Waiting for love. Taking what she gets. Expecting only
Jun 18, 2012 J K rated it really liked it
A glorious taster of Bohemian life in the 1920s. Simple style of art but very effective, it's more of a selection of vignettes that comprised KiKi's life, and it's also one of those books that makes you want to look up all the people mentioned in its pages - although I was impressed by the life stories of the srtists she was involved with, set out at the back of this book.
The visual language was lovely, somehow very soft and comfortable. And the subject matter was really interesting!
May 09, 2014 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I knew when I saw the cover of this book that I would love it. Lately I've been strangely drawn to books that deal with fine ars. This one, which was written and illustrated as a graphic novel, was fascinating.

It chronicles the life of an infamous muse named Kiki, the Queen of Montparnasse. It talks about all the artists she inspired. How she changed them, how both they changed her and failed to change her at the same time. It was a wonderful illustration and depiction of 1920s female e
Apr 22, 2013 Carol rated it it was ok
While I appreciate how graphic novels can tell a story in a unique way, that did not happen here. Better to stick with real photos and learn about Kiki from Billy Kluver and Julie Martin's "Kiki's Paris: Artists and Lovers 1900-1930."
Nov 05, 2014 Kaelin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-graphic
I admire the artwork and the extensive research that I am sure went into the creation of this book. Kiki was a real woman who met many important figures in the art and literary world (example: Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway). However, the end result was, for me, a portrait of a person who was not very endearing. I couldn't root for her as a lot of the things that happened to her or the hardships she endured were because of her own actions and choices. She was a woman wh ...more
I didnt know anything about Kiki before reading this and it was an interesting story. But comic wise not my favourite. ...more
Apparently for the bohemian, 1920s, Left Bank woman, showing your breasts to strangers worked as a kind of currency?
Oct 17, 2015 ASLI rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
montparnasse kraliçesi kiki, "küçük orospu" kiki, bohem kiki, özgür kadın kiki... etkileyici hayatıyla hep ilgimi çekmiş, birçok önemli sanatçının ilham kaynağı kiki...
çizgi roman severim, kiki'yi severim, dolayısıyla severek okudum. çeviriyi iyi buldum ancak kiki'nin hayatı (benim bildiğimden) daha bir yumuşatılarak ve bazı detaylar atlanarak / değiştirilerek aktarılmış gibi geldi.
ayrıca kiki'nin hayatında çok önemli yeri olan maurice mendjisky'ye kitabın sonundaki biyografilerde yer verilmeme
meredith ann
May 24, 2015 meredith ann rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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Ihan kiinnostava sarjakuva ranskalaisesta (tai pikemminkin pariisilaisesta) taidemaailmasta, pääosassaan Kiki (oik. Alice Prin), jonka elämäkertana sarjakuva samalla toimii. Kiki on Pariisissa aikaansa viettävien taiteilijoiden muusa, joka on tunnettu myös villistä elämästään ja omista töistään ja jonka elintavat saattavat hänet lopulta hautaan. Sarjakuvassa esiintyy paljon 1920-1930-luvun taiteilijoita, joista lähestulkoon kaikilla on siteitä Kikiin tavalla tai toisella. Suurin osa taiteilijois ...more
Christa  Seeley
The story of Kiki de Montparnasse is both an admirable and a tragic one.

The back of the book describes her as “one of the first emancipated women of the 20th century.” And the authors of this graphic novel, certainly make that case. But when all was said and done I found myself wondering if that was the most accurate description of the Queen de Montparnasse.

Kiki (born Alice Prin) is the definition of coming from nothing. Born an illegitimate child in a small French village, her mother ran off to
Matti Karjalainen
Catelin ja Bocquetin yhteistyön tuloksena syntynyt "Kiki - Montparnassen kuningatar" (Arktinen Banaani, 2009) on kiitetty ja palkittu sarjakuvamuotoinen Alice Prinin elämäkerta.

Alice Prin tunnettiin 1920-luvun Pariisissa paremmin taiteilijanimellä Kiki. Hän toimi niin laulajattarena kuin mallina monille aikakauden suurimmista "kadotetun sukupolven" taiteilijoista, ollen samanaikaisesti niin heidän rakastajattarensa ja innoittajansakin. Suuri yleisö tuntee kaiketi Kikin parhaiten amerikkalaisen M
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Catel Muller, diplômée des Arts décoratifs de Strasbourg, débute sa carrière en publiant des albums pour enfants aux éditions Hachette, Épigones, Nathan, Dupuis et Hatier. Une sélection au festival international du livre de jeunesse de Bologne et
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