Meet Me at Les Deux Magots: A ‘Lost Generation’ of Artists and Writers in 1920s’ Paris


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317 W Main St
Chester, CT, 06412

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Dec 6, 2019, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

The Masonicare at Chester Village Lecture Series, in association with Wesleyan University's Institute for Lifelong Learning, presents: Meet Me at Les Deux Magots: A ‘Lost Generation’ of Artists and Writers in 1920s’ Paris.

Although the First World War was life-shattering on many levels, in other ways it manifested a burst of creativity in literature and the arts, especially in Europe and—more specifically—in Paris. Because of this color and creativity returning to Europe more rapidly than in American cities such as New York and Chicago, many American writers and artists migrated to Paris. Enter the Lost Generation. The term was introduced by writer and art collector Gertrude Stein to her fellow writer Ernest Hemingway. Stein felt that it was a generation lost in the sense that its inherited values had no place and were no longer relevant in the postwar world. To them, the bohemian lifestyle advertised in Paris became much more appealing than postwar life in culturally conservative America. Others associated with this movement include writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, John Dos Passos, and Ezra Pound, as well as artists like Pablo Picasso and Man Ray. This lecture will explore the writings, art, and lifestyle of these well-known personalities and the world they inhabited.

About the presenter: Richard Friswell is a cultural historian and director of Wesleyan University’s Institute for Lifelong Learning. He lectures widely on topics related to Modernism and the modern era in world history. Underpinning a cultural-historical approach to art history is the notion that art, literature and social history of nations are interrelated. These lectures will offer many examples of artwork from the period under discussion, as well as an opportunity for questions and discussion.

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