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Kiki's memoirs

Author: Kiki; Man Ray; Billy Klüver; Julie Martin
Publisher: Hopewell, N.J. : The Ecco Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Now appearing in English translation for the first time, these are the bold and sassy memoirs of the model who became the reigning queen of 1920s Paris - featuring many unpublished Man Ray photographs. A love child, she was born in Burgundy in 1901 and christened Alice Prin. Raised by her grandmother in dire poverty, she made meals of vegetables thieved from neighbors' gardens and snails lured from hiding by summer
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Kiki; Kiki
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kiki; Man Ray; Billy Klüver; Julie Martin
ISBN: 0880014962 9780880014960
OCLC Number: 35262242
Description: 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Souvenirs retrouvés.
Responsibility: introduction by Ernest Hemingway and Foujita ; reproductions of paintings by Kiki ; photography by Man Ray ; translated from the French by Samuel Putnam ; additional material translated by Billy Klüver and Julie Martin ; edited and annotated by Billy Klüver and Julie Martin.

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Now appearing in English translation for the first time, these are the bold and sassy memoirs of the model who became the reigning queen of 1920s Paris - featuring many unpublished Man Ray photographs. A love child, she was born in Burgundy in 1901 and christened Alice Prin. Raised by her grandmother in dire poverty, she made meals of vegetables thieved from neighbors' gardens and snails lured from hiding by summer showers. At twelve, she was shipped off to Paris to live.

With the mother she had never known. Her fierce survival instincts immediately translated into a precocious thirst for experience. Soon she discovered the power of artificial geraniums to rouge her cheeks and mouth, and at fourteen she had her "first contact with art" when she began posing nude for a sculptor. Thereafter, she embraced life as the irrepressible Kiki, lover of Man Ray, beloved friend of Soutine and Jean Cocteau - the toast of Montparnasse. One of the.

Century's first truly independent women, she cut a wide swath of color and passion wherever she went. Man Ray, Foujita, Kisling, and others immortalized her in their work. Crowds roared for her raunchy songs at the artists' boite, Le Jockey. She appeared in nine films, including Leger's famous Ballet Mecanique. And she painted hundreds of portraits and dream-like landscapes, many of which are included in these memoirs, working in a fresh naive style that made her.

One-person show a sellout. Featuring full page reproductions of original paintings by Kiki herself, plus famous and lesser known photographs of Kiki by Man Ray and portraits of her by other important artists, Kiki's Memoirs brushes vivid new color on to the canvas of 1920s Montparnasse and sketches in bold strokes the indomitable spirit of an unforgettable personality who was always a woman but never a lady.

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