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Bohemia, 1900 to 1906 (02:01)


In 1897, poet Max Jacob moved to the small, artistically rich Parisian district called Montmartre.

Language of Beethoven (03:39)

In 1901, Jacob came across a blue painting by Pablo Piccaso at an art dealer's shop. He later met the artist and they became friends.

Inseparable Friends (04:00)

Picasso was not favored by art dealers. Jacob had many jobs because poetry did not pay bills. He worked to support himself and Picasso, who had become his roommate.

Guillaume Apollinaire (02:09)

Picasso introduced Jacob to Guillaume Apollinaire, a young artist who had been a bank clerk and spoke five languages.

Intellectual, Practical Joker (02:25)

Apollinaire founded a review, wrote an erotic novel, and became editor in chief of a magazine about managing private incomes. Jacob and Picasso took him to Montmartre.

Bateau Lavoir (02:21)

Picasso and Jacob moved into an old piano factory. Learn about the unusual architecture of the building.

Fernande Olivier (02:48)

Picasso's lover lived with him at the Bateau Lavoir and he was very jealous. He slapped her when he found out that Dutch painter Kees van Dongen had painted her partially naked.

Bateau Lavoir Band (03:57)

The artists often wore bright clothing and each had their own distinct style. They dressed fancily and wandered Montmartre, spending their evenings drinking and socializing in a bar.

Little Ramona (04:00)

Picasso's lover was unable to have children, so she adopted a ten year old girl. Picasso painted her.

Apollinaire's Bourgeoisie (02:15)

Jacob returned the little girl to the orphanage. A female painter arrived, and Apollinaire fell in love with her. He was terribly jealous, like Picasso.

Paintings by Picasso (03:32)

One day, a horse drawn carriage drove away from the Bateau Lavoir, full of Picasso's paintings. Two thousand francs worth of paintings were sold. Gertrude Stein arrived on the scene.

Gertrude's Portrait (01:51)

Picasso and Stein became friends. Picasso started to paint her portrait, but after a while, he gave up and left Montmartre.

Picasso in Gósol (02:48)

Picasso went to a village called Gósol that was only accessible by mule. He completed the portrait of Gertrude Stein, and cubism began to take form.

Stein's Parties (01:45)

Gertrude and her brother Leo Stein entertained at their home. They were Americans. Picasso attended with Apollinaire and other friends.

Matisse's Home (02:49)

Painter Henri Matisse had a wife and daughter and was impoverished. He did not entertain and there was not much food at his home, but appearances were important to him and his wife.

Matisse's Sins (04:46)

Matisse exhibited a painting called the Joy of Life; it was large and original, and heavily critiqued by the art communities. He was a scandalous avant-garde painter.

Credits: Bohemia: Episode 1—The Adventurers of Modern Art (01:03)

Credits: Bohemia: Episode 1—The Adventurers of Modern Art

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In joyous, early 20th-century Montmartre, a band of penniless artists comprising Max Jacob, Picasso, Apollinaire, Derain, and Vlaminck, among others, takes up residence in an old piano factory: le Bateau-Lavoir. Soon enough, anyone who is anyone in the way of painters, writers, and art collectors is rubbing shoulders in the shabby-chic hallways of their warehouse. The bohemian lifestyle that they cultivate revolves around doing work, meeting muses, and making merry. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Seine, Matisse, known for leading a life of austerity, is busy turning the established order upside down at the Salon d'Automne of 1905, exhibiting works that burst with flamboyant color. Fauvism is born. From within the murky halls of the Bateau-Lavoir, Picasso prepares his response. Paying homage to their respective visions of modernity, the two painters ready their brushes for a contest of canvases.

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: BVL114906

ISBN: 978-1-68272-868-0

Copyright date: ©2015

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