Between 1919 and 1939, Paris experienced a cultural and intellectual boom. This blog will feature artists, writers, composers, musicians, and designers. Paris was at its cultural peak.
A French art dealer who lived from 1891 to 1934, Paul Guillaume was at the forefront of exhibiting African art, as well as promoting new artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. By the time he died at age 42, he had amassed an extensive collection of works by some of the leading modernists.
A master at re-invention (he was born into a modest family but by the age of 25 was a celebrity in the art world), writer John Richardson details the art scandal surrounding Guillaume’s death, his widow’s possible involvement, her subsequent remarriage, blackmail, forgery, entrapment, and all kinds of juicy stuff in this Vanity Fair article from 2012.