Paris Between the Wars: Art, Style and Glamour in the Crazy Years Hardcover – 18 Oct 2010
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'A sumptuous book ... [all of] Paris is littered tantalisingly amongst the pages of this superb book'
'A rich collection of texts and images, which range over the the art scene, the intellectual life and also the look of the city' --The Financial Times
'The book is to be valued most for the astonishing quality and range of the photographs of paintings, objects, buildings and street scenes' --The Independent
'Kaleidoscopic ... all this exuberance and style added up to something like real substance ... What a party!'
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The very all-embracing nature of this book is, however, its downfall. The authors want to cram so much information into their chapters that any narrative is lost and the text often degenerates into a list or compendium of events. Because of this the book is probably best treated as a reference work to be dipped into to provide inspiration for further reading or research. Gerard Durozoi is an expert on the Surrealist Movement and it is perhaps for this reason that Surrealism and Dada receive more than adequate coverage, to the point of ennui, in a book that otherwise does little more than barely mention many artists or writers. You are often left feeling that you would like more depth and background to the key players and events and would happily forego the encyclopaedic nature of the text. Characterisation is absent. I found the chapter ‘City of Light’ on the Modern architectural movement and interior design the most satisfying.
Despite the critical comments noted above, this is a beautifully presented and lavishly illustrated book and is a good introduction to the subject matter reviewed. It is perhaps worth purchasing for these reasons alone.
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If you like and art and Paris this book is for you. Very well illustrated and written. A most enjoyable book.Published on 9 Sept. 2013 by Mr. John F. Marcham
Very good photos and illustrations. In very glad because I am very interested about this years and these books are very clears and easy to read.Published on 12 Nov. 2012 by Vladimiro Raya