Deborah Solomon, art critic of WNYC radio, reviewed two art books under the topic “Montmartre/Montparnasse” for the Sunday, June 28th issue of the NYTimes “Book Review.” One of the books was Stanley Meisler’s Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse.
Here, in part is what Ms. Solomon had to say about Shocking Paris:
I far preferred Stanley Meisler’s “Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse,” which picks up where [Sue] Roe’s book [In Montmartre: Picasso, Matiss and Modernism in Paris 1900–1910] leaves off. In 1912, irritated by an influx of tourists who were crowding the cafes and poking around in his neighborhood, Picasso moved out of his studio in the Bateau-Lavoir and across the Seine to Montparnasse, on the Left Bank. Other artists arrived in short order. Among them was Chaim Soutine, a Russian Jewish exile who became the leading Expressionist painter of his era.
For a more personal review of Shocking Paris, click HERE for the review of Shocking Paris by Dick Lipez (Ethiopia 1962-64) that was published on our site on April 23rd.