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In Montparnasse by Sue Roe

In Montparnasse

The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali

Sue Roe

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Imprint: Fig Tree
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 21 Jun 2018
ISBN: 9780241255599

'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.

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5 stars out of 5
Michael Prodger
25 Nov 2018

"rich in absurdity and outlandish characters"

In Montparnasse (Fig Tree £20) is Sue Roe’s companion volume to In Montmartre and in it she vividly charts the birth of surrealism in the immediate postwar years when the Paris art world (and therefore the art world) took up residence on the Rive Gauche. It is a tale rich in absurdity and outlandish characters, from Cocteau and Max Ernst to Dali and Picasso, who, however absurd their artistic experiments seemed, took themselves seriously and so forced others to take them at the same estimation.

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4 stars out of 5
6 Jun 2019

"vividly evokes the Bohemian atmosphere of Montparnasse"

We are so used to seeing the works of surrealist artists such as Salvador Dali and Marcel Duchamp in museums, that it is difficult to imagine the extraordinary shock, confusion and even revulsion they caused when they first appeared.

Sue Roe’s account of the rise of surrealism vividly evokes the Bohemian atmosphere of Montparnasse, where Surrealists, including the photographer Man Ray and the model and muse Kiki de Montparnasse, gathered in caf├ęs to create a movement whose influence on art and literature continues to this day.