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Andre Salmon was one of the premier art critics of his day and the author of two important eyewitness accounts of early twentieth century art in France, La jeune peinture francaise and La jeune sculpture francaise. These works capture the revolutionary spirit of the period and include references and jokes of a small coterie of artists and poets that included Picasso, Guillaume Apollinare, Max Jacob, Georges Braque, and Salmon himself. This is the first English-language translation of Salmon's first two books, which serve as the primary sources on the Fauves, the Cubists, and their avant-garde contemporaries. Gersh-Ne ic's translation includes annotations that expand upon the period, most notably the literary references that came so naturally to Salmon. His rapport with his peers becomes transparent, providing insight into the studio banter that gave rise to some of the art work of that era, particularly Picasso's collages. The introduction calls attention to Salmon's main criteria as a critic and offers an understanding of his personal aesthetics through which we gain a better sense of his ideas and prejudices.
Beth S. Gersh-Ne ic is Director of the New York Arts Exchange. She is the author of The Early Criticism of Andre Salmon: A Study of his Thoughts on Cubism (1991).
Introduction; Part I. La jeune peinture francaise: 1. Foreword; 2. The Fauves; 3. Anecdotal history of Cubism; 4. Contemporary art; 5. A rebirth of French landscape painting; 6. Twentieth century women painters; Part II. La jeune sculpture francaise: 1. Foreword; 2. The fable of the Little Tin Fish; 3. Doctrine; 4. Under the Gates of Hell; 5. The West; 6. Figurative sculptors; 7. Sculptresses; 8. Humanism; 9. Cannibalism; 10. El Guitare.
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