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Kiki's Paris: Artists and Lovers 1900-1930

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  224 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Recreates life in the tumultuous world of 1900-1930 Montparnasse. This book presents photographs of legendary figures, among them the model Kiki, Modigliani, Picasso, Satie, Matisse, Leger, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce and Miro. Gossip and anecdotes aim to bring this world alive.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 22nd 1994 by Harry N. Abrams (first published January 1st 1989)
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Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: france
Very disappointing. Photos, Kiki, Paris in the 20s. I was so looking forward to it. It has hundreds of photos -- about three quarters of the space is devoted to photos, the other quarter is text. But the text is pretty much a laundry list of names with stories or explanations that are not particularly interesting or sometimes all that coherent. The photos are plentiful, but they aren't really telling -- just lots of people some of whom are identified at the bottom. It's hard work to keep track o ...more
David Cerruti
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, paris, photography
If you plan to see “Midnight in Paris”, the latest movie from Woody Allen, this book can give you some background. The book is about the artists, writers, and entertainers in and around Montparnasse. Kiki was a part of that crowd. More than a huge collection of captioned photos from its golden age, this is also a history of Montparnasse.

The 1st illustration is a map of the neighborhood ca. 1380. The last 8 pages are detailed current maps showing the location and years occupied of clubs, studios,
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
A keen glimpse into the Parisian Avant-Garde, through photos (with commentary) of Kiki. Excellent book.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lost-generation
For those interested in Paris of the 1900's this book is a must-have. It is crammed with photos & text, much of which I had never seen before. Each time I pick it up, I learn something new. My particular interest is of the '20's Paris, but the surrounding years had an important impact on that time & in many instances enhance my understanding of it.
Sep 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
The great Kiki of Paris. Professional Muse to Man Ray and others. In fact I suspect that they invented the term 'Muse' for her. She's whacky, she's the ultimate woman of that bo-ho period. And the book here serves as the ultimate scrapbook of sorts with great images of the great one.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1913, forgotten-gems
If you like this period of history, this book is invaluable. It's a massive collection of photographs from the first group of people to take snapshots. Pretty much any writer or artist who was around Paris from 1900 to 1930 is in this book multiple times.
Allison Thurman
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Read as a teenager, this is the book that first made me aware of flappers, bob haircuts, and Man Ray. I should probably reread it because 1920s Paris was a cauldron of creative activity - short of Renaissance Florence it's hard to think of a higher concentration of those who would be great.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
full of detail, fascinating stories about Montparnasse between the Wars
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Art and artists and models in the early 20th century in paris. Some artists I'm very familiar with, recognized some others names and a lot of others
A couple of pages on Barnes coming to Paris to add to his collection. (p 122)
Gessy Alvarez
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Primarily a picture book with anecdotes and tragic love stories. What makes it great are the lovers and the enigmatic Kiki.
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