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A Day with Picasso: Twenty-four Photographs by Jean Cocteau

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During the 1980s, Swedish-born Billy Klüver became a sort of amateur archivist, collecting early-20th-century photographs of the bohemian district of Paris known as Montparnasse. One day he stumbled upon a group of astonishing photographs depicting such seminal modernist figures as Modigliani; Picasso; his friend, the poet Max Jacob; and the poet and critic André Salmon as ...more
Hardcover, 99 pages
Published September 19th 1997 by MIT Press (MA) (first published January 1st 1994)
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Twenty four photographs taken by Jean Cocteau on a day's outing with Picasso, Max Jacob and friends in Paris. It became Kluver's mission to determine the day the photos were taken through research and time them by studying angles of shadows in the photos. Peculiarly fascinating. Kluver arrives at a date of August 12, 1916 and times ranging from just after noon to around 4:00. He provides the reasons why all participants were there and background on what was going on in their lives at the time. O ...more
Jan 11, 2009 Troy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, 1913, forgotten-gems
This is a very slight book. It is simply a collection of snapshots taken by Jean Cocteau during one day. Cocteau spends a part of the day traveling with Picasso, Modigliani, Max Jacob, and several others who laugh, good off, and spend a good chunk of the day hanging out at cafes. There's nothing to it more than that, but if that sounds good to you, then this is the only book of it's kind available. It is an AWESOME document of daily 'bohemian' artist life in 1916 Paris. Fantastic.
Apr 15, 2008 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great quirky (eccentric?) book. Basically a commentary and study of a series of photos that were taken by the great Jean Cocteau of his friend Picasso and others at a particular time and all in one day. Basically an afternoon with the gang that is documented and studied in such a high degree.

Eventually it's a book about photography and what the image(s) mean to us. Wonderful book and a great slice of Bo-ho living - at least on one particular afternoon.
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