Greenwich, Ct.: New York Graphic Society, 1960. First American Edition. Hardcover. 366 pages ; illustrated ; 30 cm. Dust jacket's in tattered condition. Otherwise, a good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!
SCHOOL OF PARIS ; The Painters and the Artistic Climate of Paris since 1910 by Raymond Nacenta
SCHOOL OF PARIS is a much needed, thorough, and lavishly illustrated survey of what is probably the most vital, lively, diverse, and exciting half-century in the history of western art. The subject, never before adequately treated, is here presented in a large, copiously illustrated, beautiful, and well-documented book.
Following Impressionism at the close of the nineteenth century and Fauvism at the start of the twentieth, Cubism began in Montmartre fifty years ago. The radiance of Paris was so intense that countless artists from all countries were drawn to it, finding in the exalted mood of the city a favorable climate to their art. It is this unique atmosphere of Paris which the _author has sought to convey in this work. The School of Paris, having neither doctrine nor unity, is compelling through its independence, deriving creative impulse from the liberty with which the very air is charged and allowing each of the artists to pursue, at his own pace, the search for his own ideal.
Many books have been written on this spectacular period. But this work, in recalling how Montmartre, Montparnasse and then Saint-Germain-des-Prés were the successive sources of so many riches, endeavors to evoke the atmosphere that enabled widely differing men to become the painters whose talent is revealed here in over a hundred color reproductions.
The author is Raymond Nacenta, internationally known as an outstanding authority on the School of Paris, who has lived and worked closely with many of the artists of this period for many years. His text provides a broad and discursive treatment of the subject, illuminated by wisdom, personal experience, and a charming wit. It is a fitting background and setting to the great vitality and variety provided by the paintings he has chosen to illustrate the book.
In addition, and a very important part of the text matter, Mr. Nacenta has compiled a reference section containing photographs. and short biographical sketches of 477 artists who constitute the great bulk of personalities and practitioners making up the world-famous Ecole de Paris from its earliest beginnings to present,
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