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Women of the Left Bank by Shari Benstock
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Academic in density, this book delivers on what it means to do -- explore and define and sketch for us the women in Paris who helped to create The New. Their intertwining lives, their courage to live their own lives, and most of all, their remarkable support for Art -often at their own peril, should challenge us and give us heart.

I wish a few more of the artists for whom they went to the barricades had been women - but this is what it was -- and this is how it was. And Shari Benstock gives us every possible tool to drill deeper and discover what it is that created this rag-tag band of midwives for Modern Art.

I am in awe of them and have been for decades. And I am deeply grateful to Benstock for untangling the knots of their history and the details of their interconnecting lives for me.

If this moment between the wars in Paris is your thing - this is your book too.
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