Kiki de Montparnasse

Kiki de Montparnasse

by Catel

Kiki de Montparnasse, née Alice Prin au tout début du XXe siècle, fut lune des figures les plus marquantes de la vie artistique parisienne de lentre-deux guerres, lors des Années Folles.

  • Language: French
  • Category: Sequential Art
  • Rating: 3.88
  • Pages: 413
  • Publish Date: March 2007 by Editions Casterman
  • Isbn10: 2203396210
  • Isbn13: 9782203396210

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After that I visited every similar exhibit I could see in the midwest and collected books on that and related subjects. In Kiki de Montparnasse, Catel and Bouquet research and share tales, anecdotes, mostly, from this period from more of a French perspective, the Paris Montparnasse period of the 1920s, the time of cubism, surrealism, dada as a kind of response to the destruction and fragmentation of the war. Alice Prin, who became known as Kiki, her stage name, is a kind of emblem of the time, a model and sometime singer and image of artistic abandon and sexual freedom, the lover (and photographic subject) of Man Ray, and friend and/or model for Soutine, Modigliani, Picasso, Tristen Tzara, Robert Desnos, Andre Breton, DuChamp, Cocteau, Hemingway. In this tale, the pretty typical straightforward chronological journey from cradle to grave approach disappointed me; if it is Kiki and Man Ray, funk up the telling a little, at least!!

In Catel and Bocquet's biography of Alice Prin, better known as Kiki,3 the reader is rushed through fifty-two tumultuous, extravagant years of a woman's life. Kiki's life incorporates what amounts to a who's who of the early-century French arts movements. The comic depiction of the shooting of the art that graces the book's cover with Man Ray's actual photo for comparison. After describing Kiki in terse encyclopedic summary (model in Montparnasse in the '20s, partner to Man Ray, painted by Kisling, Foujita, et al), it embellishes grandly: "she is the first emancipated woman of the 20th century" and ironically goes on to cite her sexual, emotional, and whole-persona liberties. As told in Kiki there is nothing noble in her modeling at first, no transcendent love of the arts. At no time does Catel and Brocquet's Kiki ever approach anything resembling emancipationsave perhaps in her death in the final pages of the book. Kiki de Montparnasse, if read as written, presents almost a cautionary tale, a non-fictional catalogue of how not to live if you wish to lead a happy life. Kiki's abundant lack of abiding joy may be the surest evidence that she did not, in fact, live the kind of emancipation this book's publishers seem to daydream into the work. Catel and Bocquet do an admirable job breathing life into a dead-and-gone celebrity, fleshing out her flesh and selling her as a model of the more exuberant kind of twentieth-century womana woman as much bound by her circumstances and personality as any of us. 3) At least better-known in some circlesperhaps in France or in the art world or by biographers of Man Ray. I had never actually heard of the woman.

This book was hefty, and Kiki's life is contextualized in helpful and beautiful ways. She was removed around the age of twelve from her country home, a home and a landscape she loved, and brought by her neglectful mother to Paris, where she struggled with the confines of the life that had been planned for her, and found herself working long hours in her early teens. I am more and more interested in this time between the two world wars when Paris became a place for exiled artists and writers, many of them living in poverty, though not all of them. Kiki survived the war but died not too long after.) In any case, this is a great introduction to Kiki's life, her art, her life as art. For a much more thoughtful and coherent review, check out David's!

She meets artists, painters, photographers, writers, and becomes a notable figure herself, changing her name to Kiki, Queen of Montparnasse, the area of Paris she lived in most of her life. Like those other artists, Catel and Jose Luis-Boucquet have created a wonderful book about a kind-hearted, warm soul. Alice Prin may not be the most famous person to write a book about but the book Catel and Jose Luis-Boucquet have written about her has done justice to her life and kept her memory glowing for a new generation to discover her.

Dediim gibi sadece bir çizgi roman demek çok zor. Okudukça bitmesin dediim, çok severek okuduum enfes çizgi romanlar arasnda yerini alan bir çizgi roman oldu Montparnasse'li Kiki.

Ce n'est qu'une petite ombre au tableau, et après tout, on ne demande pas à Kiki d'être une biographie ; alors n'hésitez pas à aller vous paumer dans les froufrous de la reine de Montparnasse !

Catel Muller, diplômée des Arts décoratifs de Strasbourg, débute sa carrière en publiant des albums pour enfants aux éditions Hachette, Épigones, Nathan, Dupuis et Hatier. En 2005, elle obtient le prix du public au festival d'Angoulême pour l'album Le Sang des Valentines illustré et écrit en collaboration avec Christian de Metter.