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SHOCKING PARIS: SOUTINE, CHAGALL AND THE OUTSIDERS OF MONTPARNASSE. Stanley Meisler. Palgrave Macmillan, St. Martin's Press, Inc., New York, 2015. 256 pp. with 18 ills. (16 col.). 25 x 16 cm. LC 2014-30853 ISBN 9781137278807 In English.
Publisher's description: A vivid look at the intense emigree art world of Paris between the Wars and two of its most striking figures: Russian Jewish painter Chaim Soutine and his contemporary Marc Chagall. For a couple of decades before World War II, a group of immigrant painters and sculptors, including Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine and Jules Pascin dominated the new art scene of Montparnasse in Paris. Art critics gave them the name "the School of Paris" to set them apart from the French-born (and less talented) young artists of the period. Modigliani and Chagall eventually attained enormous worldwide popularity, but in those earlier days most School of Paris painters looked on Soutine as their most talented contemporary. Willem de Kooning proclaimed Soutine his favorite painter, and Jackson Pollack hailed him as a major influence. Soutine arrived in Paris while many painters were experimenting with cubism, but he had no time for trends and fashions; like his art, Soutine was intense, demonic, and fierce. After the defeat of France by Hitler's Germany, the East European Jewish immigrants who had made their way to France for sanctuary were no longer safe. In constant fear of the French police and the German Gestapo, plagued by poor health and bouts of depression, Soutine was the epitome of the tortured artist.
Artist(s):Soutine, Chaim; Chagall, Marc
Indexing: Western, Europe — France, Russia/Soviet Union/Commonwealth — 1900-1945 — Painting, Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 165342
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