Paris Between the Wars – “G” is for Paul Guillaume

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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.

Paul Guillaume
Paul Guillaume

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.

 

Paul Guillaume by Amadeo Modigliani
Paul Guillaume by Amadeo Modigliani

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.

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Paris Between the Wars – “G” is for Paul Guillaume

      1. I was thinking the same…….maybe she died 10 years earlier and her body was suspended ……kind of like using liquefied Twinkies as embalming fluid?

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