In Montparnasse

In Montparnasse

The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali

Summary

'She vividly charts the birth of surrealism . . . a tale rich in absurdity and outlandish characters, from Cocteau and Max Ernst to Dali and Picasso' Sunday Times

In this entertaining and informative biography, Sue Roe illustrates how surrealism emerged in Paris amidst an artistic ambience of lively experimentation. Before surrealism made its startling impact, artists including Marcel Duchamp and Giorgio De Chirico had already begun to shift the focus of the art scene in Montparnasse. Beginning with Duchamp, Roe tells the story of the wonderfully eccentric and avant-garde Dada movement, the birth of Surrealist photography with Man Ray and his muse Kiki de Montparnasse, the love triangle between writer Paul Éluard, his wife Gala and the artist Max Ernst, until the arrival of Salvador Dalí in 1929. In Montparnasse recounts the extraordinary, revolutionary work these artists undertook as much as the salons, café life, friendships, rows and love affairs that were their background.

'Highly colourful . . . they're all here, the big names of the time - behaving badly, and, at times, quite madly too' Observer

'Brings together some of the chief protagonists in one of the 20th century's most inventive art movements. A vivid read' Radio Times

Reviews

  • Highly colourful . . . they're all here, the big names of the time - behaving badly, and, at times, quite madly too
    Rachel Cooke, Observer

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Sue Roe

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