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Paris in the 1920s with Kiki de Montparnasse, out by Assouline now

One of the 20th century’s most iconic, original “It” girls, Kiki de Montparnasse, is the subject of a new tomé by Xavier Girard, published by Assouline.  Née Alice Ernestine Prin, the future Reine du Montparnasse was raised in her early years by an impoverished grandmother in a suburb of Paris,  only to later join her mother in the city of lights at the age of 12.  After a difficult adolescence spent apprenticing in various jobs, Kiki eventually fell into the arms of a painter [Chaïm Soutine- the first of many], and the rest is history. She went on to become the muse of many an artist during this dynamic decade- from Man Ray to Calder- and developed into quite the actress, cabaret performer, and artist in her own right, moving amongst the artistic and literary circles that flourished in the French capital.   Assouline’s beautiful livre explores the scene around her and the legacy she left behind with keen insight and beautiful imagery, both illustrative and photographic.

Available now by Assouline. Below, a series of highlights from the book.


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