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14 March 2018From Can-Can to Soup Can

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From Can-Can to Soup Can Linda Collins Wednesday 14 March 2018

This Study Morning follows the course of Modern Art from Paris in 1850 to New York in 1960.

The avant-garde society of each period was lively, eccentric and absolutely essential to the understanding of the art of the time. First we look at the lives of the Can-Can girls, the Cabarets, the dance halls. From the clothes they wore to the food and drink they consumed, they made a strange, bohemian group of people living up there on ‘La Butte’ that was Montmartre. Fast forward to the Jazz Age of Paris: Josephine Baker appearing naked and carried on stage whilst wearing just a feather boa by a black giant called Joe Alex.  Foujita, Mistinguett, Maurice Chevalier and black musicians such as Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. Sylvia Beach and her bookshop of the Left Bank – and Natalie Barney with her astonishing drug-fired salons that attracted so many famous names for over 60 years. Finally, the wonderful Peggy Guggenheim and her New York friends whose names have become legends: Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, William de Kooning. And what about Bubbles and Buck? Bubbles the dancer who is said to have taught Fred Astaire to dance and was the inspiration behind Michael Jackson’s famous moon walk – and why Jackson is said to have named his chimpanzee Bubbles. All fascinating, bizarre, incredible people who pushed Modern Art onwards and upwards. Finishing of course with Andy Warhol and his famous cans of soup.