Finding Dora Maar: An Artist, an Address Book, a Life
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"With a novelist's eye for detail, Benkemoun takes readers on a journey full of surprises as she researches and reimagines the landscape of Dora Maar's life in Surrealism and its aftermath. Guided by the scant details in Maar's address book, which came into the author's hands by chance, she reweaves the mesh of avant-garde artistic life in mid-twentieth-century France, taking us along with her as this serendipitous tale unfolds. It's well worth the trip, an informative, enjoyable read."
--Carolyn Burke, author of Lee Miller: A Life; Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury; and other books
"To follow this mesmerizing interrogation of a vintage address book is to watch Brigitte Benkemoun stir to life an ardent, unexpected, and achingly human Dora Maar."
--Patricia Albers, author of Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter: A Life and Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti
"[A] spirited and deeply researched project.... [Benkemoun's] affection for her subject is infectious. This book gives a satisfying treatment to a woman who has been con?ned for decades to a Cubist's limited interpretation."--Joumana Khatib "The New York Times"
"Part detective story, part social history, part excellent gossip, Finding Dora Maar uses the miracle of a found address book to reconstruct the life of an important woman artist who knew everyone."
--Francine Prose, author of Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern, and the New York Times bestselling Reading Like A Writer
"Art history meets detective work: what could be more thrilling?"-- "ARTnews"
"This enthralling study of Paris and its artistic avant-garde should be required reading for Surrealist and modern art lovers."
--Publishers Weekly **Starred Review**