French Riviera and Its Artists: Art, Literature, Love, and Life on the Côte d'Azur

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Museyon, Jul 1, 2015 - Travel - 280 pages
Get swept up in the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera as author and filmmaker John Baxter takes readers on a whirlwind tour through the star-studded cultural history of the Côte d'Azur that's sure to delight travelers, Francophiles, and culture lovers alike.   Readers will discover the dramatic lives of the legendary artists, writers, actors, and politicians who frequented the world's most luxurious resort during its golden age. In 25 vivid chapters, Baxter introduces the iconic figures indelibly linked to the South of France—artist Henri Matisse, who lived in Nice for much of his life; F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose Riviera hosts inspired his controversial Tender is the Night; Coco Chanel, who made the Saint-Tropez tan an international fashion statement; and many more.  Along the way, Baxter takes readers where few people ever get to go: the alluring world of the perfume industry, into the cars and casinos of Monte Carlo, behind-the-scenes at the Cannes Film Festival, to the villa where Picasso and Cocteau smoked opium, and to the hotel where Joseph Kennedy had an affair with Marlene Dietrich. Then maps and listings show travelers how these luminaries celebrated life and made art amid paradise.
 

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Contents

Maps
6
Timeline
8
Intro The SkyBlue Coast
10
The Rational Eye of Paul Cézanne
24
Naked Among the Olives
34
The Brush and the Blades
42
DH Lawrence and the Literary Invalids
54
A Life of Love and Lies
68
In a Season of Calm Weather
156
Jean Cocteau and the Villa SantoSospir
168
An Angel in His Head
178
The Rise and Further Rise of Brigitte Bardot
190
The Dangerous Edge
202
A Sunny Place for Shady People
212
Crime in the Sun
224
The Victorine Studios
234

The Blue Train
78
The Inventor of Everything
90
Ballet on the Riviera
100
The Hôtel du Cap and Tender is the Night
114
Cement Celluloid and Surrealism
124
Always Afternoon
134
Somerset and all the Maughams
144
The Cannes Film Festival
246
Art Gallery
259
List of Sites
270
Index
272
About the Author
280
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John Baxter is an Australian writer, journalist, and filmmaker. He is the author of Chronicles of Old Paris, The Golden Moments of Paris, Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas, The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, and We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light.

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