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 Michel Georges-Michel  (1883 - 1985)

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Lived/Active: France      Known for: modernist landscape, still life, figure and genre painting

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Michel Georges-Michel was a painter, journalist, novelist, and translator of English and American authors. He was born in Paris. He studied at Beaux Arts, a student of Othon Friesz and Dufy, and at l'École du Louvre. An artistic councillor, he worked with the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev from 1913 to 1929.

In 1917 he organised the first exhibition of Picasso in Rome. Founder of the Prix de Rome for poetry, he worked on exhibitions of Matisse and Soutine at the Venice Biennale. He was also the initiator of the first cinema festivals and was president of the Association of Dance Writers and Critics as well as the vice-president of the French Artistic Press Union.

He should not be confused with his near-namesake, the painter Georges Michel (1763–1843), known as Michel de Montparnasse.

Georges-Michel wrote more than one-hundred books, diaries, critiques, souvenirs and novels. Some of his works have been adapted for cinema and television. Many of his works are displayed in museums, notably in the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and the Museum of San Francisco.

One of his most famous works, Les Montparnos, known as the first Georges-Michel, was written in 1923, published in 1929 and reprinted for the mass market (by Le Livre de Poche in 1976). Set in Montparnasse, it was based on the life of Modigliani (Modrulleau in the novel) and his mistress Jeanne Hébuterne (whose nickname "Noix-de-Coco" inspired the character of "Haricot-Rouge" in the novel)


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