This brilliant blend of history, biography, and criticism explores the seminal figures of twentieth-century French artMatisse, Picasso, Derain, Léger, Dufy, Braque, Giacometti, Balthus, and Hélionand the vital art world in which they thrived.
The ten interlocking essays in this important book include radical new evaluations of Derain, Léger, and Dufy, and penetrating studies of the final works of Picasso and Braque. Paris Without End, Jed Perl’s first book, is now celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary and is essential reading for anyone passionate about modern art.
Roberta Smith called it a quiet, cogent tour de force. . . . As one critic’s demonstration of what he considers the best in art and the best way to write about it, this book sets a high standard.”
Hilton Kramer also noted, Everyone who cares about the art of the twentieth century will find something to disagree with in this bookits many unorthodox judgments are bound to be controversialbut that, in my view, is a mark of the book’s importance.”
Jed Perl is the author of the acclaimed New Art City, Magicians and Charlatans, Eyewitness, Antoine’s Alphabet, and Gallery Going. He writes a regular column for the New Republic, and his essays have appeared in such magazines as Vogue, Art in America, Harper’s, and elsewhere. He is currently writing the first full-length authorized biography of Alexander Calder and resides in New York City.