Foreword by Marcel Proust
Here is a compilation of the best portraits of painters and other great intellectual figures at the beginning of the twentieth century, written by Jacques-Emile Blanche exactly as they were published between 1919 and 1928. Frédéric Mitterrand selected the texts. In 2012 an exhibition at the Pierre Bergé Foundation showed how Jacques-Emile Blanche could not be ignored as one of the essential artists of his time.
According to Philippe Dagenham in Le Monde: «Blanche, the writer, understood his time with an enviable soundness. He even sometimes reaches the heights of Valéry.»
Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942) was a French painter. He was an eclectic socialite and an eminent portraitist (Henri Bergson, Antoine Bourdelle, Paul Claudel, Jean Cocteau, André Gide...).As a writer and art critic, he published numerous articles, books about painting, novels and short stories.
A complete book that recalls all of the painters in Jacques-Emile Blanche's lifetime
Foreword by Marcel Proust, written with a surprising freedom of tone
Blanche as a writer could be compared to Paul Valéry, according to Le Monde
Jacques-Émile Blanche (1861-1942) fut un peintre français. Eclectique et mondain, il a principalement brillé comme portraitiste (Henri Bergson, Antoine Bourdelle, Paul Claudel, Jean Cocteau, André Gide...). Écrivain et critique d'art, il a publié de nombreux articles, des volumes sur la peinture, ainsi que des romans et des nouvelles.