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Paris Between the Wars Hardcover – November, 1996
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A dynamic portrait of Paris during one of the century's most exciting creative periods, Mann's atmospheric chronicle is studded with 190 duotone period photographs. Revealing shots mingled with posed studio images capture Josephine Baker, Picasso, Antonin Artaud, Jean Cocteau, Andre Derain, Marcel Duchamp, Raymond Radiguet, Fernand Leger and Le Corbusier, to name a few. Mann, a journalist, exhibition organizer, novelist and lecturer on art, compellingly presents interwar Paris as a civilizing force, a city that roared and shook from nightclubs to cafes to theaters, aswirl with cubism, futurism, jazz, dadaist and surrealist provocations. Yet she also notes that the avant-garde was a fringe movement, increasingly eclipsed as the bohemian '20s gave way to the anxiety-riddled '30s?an observation reinforced by photos of street life, unemployment lines and preparations for war.
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Artistic life and changes in Paris in the 1920s and 30s are charted in a dynamic blend of history and art review. This does more than document art trends and transition points: it links the art world's changes to social and cultural issues of the times, considering the overall atmosphere of the city during one of its most creative periods. Black and white duotones throughout accent a title essential for understanding the era. -- Midwest Book Review
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