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The first substantial book on the French Neo-Romantics, a cosmopolitan group working in 1920s Paris who turned against modernist abstraction in favour of a new form of figurative painting.

In 1926, the Galerie Druet in Paris made waves presenting a group of young painters who had spurned modernist abstraction and returned to a form of figurative painting. For most of them this was the first time they had exhibited, but their impact was considerable. Art critic Waldemar George baptized them the 'Neo-Romantics' or the 'Neo-Humanists'. They were influenced by Picasso, in particular his Blue and Rose periods, but went beyond him to forge new ways of painting. These were artists who liked to play with forgotten references and obsolete visual devices such as trompe l'oeil. They produced work for secondary art forms including the theatre, set design and ballet. In some ways they were the first post-modernists in the history of art, yet until now there has only ever been one book about them, After Picasso, published ten years after their exhibition. Only more recently has their influence on contemporary artists and thinkers including Max Jacob, George Hugnet and Gertrude Stein been recognized. Though friends, these painters never formed a formal group or movement.

The Second World War sent them on different paths, with the Berman brothers and Tchelitchev moving to the United States. Before their departure, however, their activities attracted the attention and admiration of a cosmopolitan group of characters, including Gertrude Stein, Alfred Barr, Lincoln Kirstein, George Balanchine and many others including leading fashion figures of the day, Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli.

Rayons : Arts et spectacles > Généralités sur l'art > Essais / Réflexions / Ecrits sur l'art

  • Auteur(s)

    Patrick Mauriès

  • Éditeur

    Thames & Hudson

  • Distributeur


  • Date de parution


  • EAN


  • Disponibilité


  • Nombre de pages

    256 Pages

  • Longueur

    28 cm

  • Largeur

    23 cm

  • Poids

    1 201 g

  • Support principal

    Grand format

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Patrick Mauriès

Patrick Mauriès est écrivain, éditeur et journaliste. Il est l'auteur de plus de quarante titres, parmi lesquels des ouvrages sur Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Goude et Chanel. Il écrit régulièrement pour Vogue, Purple Magazine, AD et The World of Interiors. Le premier ouvrage consacré aux accessoires par Yves Saint Laurent, offrant un aperçu unique sur ses archives personnelles.