It is the last witness to the good years of Montmartre and Montparnasse. At 101, Jeanine Warnod, the daughter of the most famous chronicler of the 1930s, André Warnod, has just collaborated on the writing of a magnificent book, entitled “Montparnasse, when Paris enlightened the world” (Albin-Michel, 400 pages, 550 illustrations, 2 kilos), with Mathyeu Le Bal, founder of the gallery Les Montparnos (5, rue Stanislas, Paris-6e) in the shade of the Notre-Dame-des-Champs church. These fields, which were still vacant lots in 1900, were the site of the finest artistic club ever created: from Modigliani to Francis Carco, via Picasso, Léon-Paul Fargue, Pascin, Foujita and… Lenin (still that his status as an artist is debatable), all the big names in painting and literature have passed through there, coming down from the Butte. Seated in front of a café-crème at the Dôme or in front of a limed white at La Coupole, bohemians invented the School of Paris, cubism, abstraction, Dadaism and a whole host of supercharged “isms”. Jeanine Warnod, smiling and lively despite her age, shares her memories with us. Maintenance.
What are your memories of this glorious time?
I have been immersed in it since I was born, rue Caulaincourt. At the time, in 1921, it was still the maquis. I played with the street children, the famous poulbots, who were tough. I still have a scar to prove it. I was going to cry at Francisque Poulbot, at Suzanne Valadon, at Max Jac
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