Page 326. " Cannes. Lunch with Picasso at his new house, La Californie. "

Located on the French Riveria, Cannes is the stomping ground of the rich and famous, the well to do and those who just like (and can afford) luxury...

It is filled with shops, restaurants and hotels which offer the very best in what they sell and its reputation subsequently precedes it...

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Page 326. " between him and Yves Montard while I lusted after Simone Signoret "

Simone Signoret (1921-1985) was the first French actress to win an Academy Award and her lusty looks saw her portray prostitutes quite often in her films. 

Simone's regular visits to the Café de Flore meant she met and mingled with many artistes and suggested here by William Boyd.

Page 328. " how about the steps of the Metropolitan Museum? "

Metropolitan Museum of Art entrance NYC
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeMetropolitan Museum of Art entrance NYC - Credit: Arad

Page 328. " he bought a little Vuillard off me "

French painter and printmaker Jean-Édouard Vuillard (1868–1940) was a member of the Nabis movement - a group of Post-Impressionist avant-garde artists who created pieces which synthesized or combined their personal feelings about their subject and the outward appearance of natural forms, paying particular attention to the colour, form and lines of their subject matter.Vuillard focused mainly on recreating streets, gardens and interiors in soft blurred colours.

Page 331. " it's like a Degas or a Bonnard, I tried to explain "

Another French artist and one of the founders of the Impressionist Movement, Edgar Degas (1834-1917), created paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings.

Edgar Degas
Public DomainEdgar Degas - Credit: inconnu

He also produced a collection of female nude pieces and various portraits.

Fin d'Arabesque, with ballerina Rosita Mauri, 1877
GNU Free Documentation LicenseFin d'Arabesque, with ballerina Rosita Mauri, 1877 - Credit: The Yorck Project:
Fellow Frenchman Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) meanwhile, was a founding member of Les Nabis and used vibrant colour in his work. He drew before recreating his subjects on canvas with paint.

Page 331. " you know, 'Woman Drying Her Hair', 'Martha in the Bath' "
'Woman Drying her Nape' by Edgar Degas
Public Domain'Woman Drying her Nape' by Edgar Degas - Credit: The Yorck Project: Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH

'After the Bath - Woman Drying her Hair' by Edgar Degas is hopefully the appropriate depiction here for LMS's remark. Similarly, 'Woman in the Bath'... 

Page 331. " Freudian, Jungian, Reichian, whatever "

Freudian theory addresses the idea that sexual drive is force behind human decision-making. He developed various techniques to prove this and also analysed dreams to discover more about the inner psyche.

Meanwhile, Jungian theory orginates from Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, who worked much more extensively within the world of dreams. He referred to himself as a 'natural scientist' rather than one who dwelled on theory.

Reichian theory, from Austrian-American comes from a more radical psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Wilhelm Reich, who looked at the character as a whole rather than separate symptoms or neuroses.

Page 333. " She paints crude stripey abstracts like Barnett Newman's "

American artist Barnett Newman (1905-1970) was another key figure in the Abstract Expressionist Movement, identified by his bright, bold use of striped colour...

Page 334. " I went to see a movie in the afternoon - Gigi "

The 'Gigi' film referred to here is the 1958 version, based on the 1944 novella by French writer Colette. The story follows a young French girl en route to becoming a courtesan, who then falls in love with a rich suitor and eventually marries him.An earlier film was released in 1949, with Audrey Hepburn acting in a stage version in 1951.

Page 335. " I saw her go into a hotel. The Astoria. "

Park Avenue (west) elevation of the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, New York City.
Creative Commons AttributionPark Avenue (west) elevation of the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, New York City. - Credit: James G. Howes

Page 336. " I listen to Bach and Monteverdi "

A great German composer in the Baroque period, Johann Sebastian Bach composed, played and produced some of the most beautiful music of his time... One such piece is the famous The Art of Fugue

Similarly, Italian composer Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi, also created mahy works which left their impression on music lovers worldwide. His was a revolutionary career, marking the transition fro mRenaissance music to Baroque and his opera, L'Orfeo is still performed with much enjoyment today.


Page 345. " writing a piece for Udo about Rauschenberg "

The work of New York City artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) saw Abstract Expressionism cross over into Pop Art during the 1950s.

Robert Rauschenberg: Riding Bikes, 1998, Berlin
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRobert Rauschenberg: Riding Bikes, 1998, Berlin - Credit: Hans Bug

Rauschenberg used 'Combines' during this period, which saw him combine unusual materials and objects to create his art - a mixture of painting and sculptures.

Page 350. " Bel Air Hotel, Los Angeles. "

After New York City, Los Angeles, home of Hollywood, is pretty much the place to be in America...well, according to the 'Angelenos' that is...

The natives will certainly speak well of their city, which no doubt has much to compliment it. It oozes creative types, indeed, is nicknamed the 'Creative Capital of the World' no less, with one in every sixth person an employee in the creative industry.

LA exudes money and power. Searching for fame? Go to LA. Want wealth, culture, entertainment, science, fashion...? The list goes on and on - if you want it, LA has it.

The 1920s saw the movie industry move to Los Angeles, with great success - indeed, it is now synonymous with Hollywood, film stars and celebrity.