Saturday, May 19, 2012

Souvenirs retrouvés - Kiki de Montparnasse

From a miserable childhood in rural Bourgogne, Kiki went on to be elected Queen of Montparnasse and partied flapper-like at La Coupole and La Rotonde in the company of great artists such as André Derain, Amedeo Modigliani, Soutine, Jean Cocteau, Man Ray and the rest of the 1920s clique.

Her mémoirs present rather an ingénue charm and naive clear-sightedness that is in no way inherent to first-person, self-written mémoirs (for evidence, read Lemmy Kilmister's 'White Line Fever' and ascertain for yourself what a die-hard retrograde he reveals himself to be).

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