Friday, August 05, 2005
SALON. from the web...
Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Parisian Salons
The tradition of literary gatherings began in Renaissance France and Italy, but it was in eighteenth-century Paris that the salon gained prominence for lively intellectual conversation in the fields of arts and letters.
Gertrude Stein held Saturday evening gatherings at 27, rue du Fleurus, the home she shared with Alice B. Toklas. Her guest list was a who's who of artists and writers living in Paris during the early part of the twentieth century: Picasso, Matisse, Apollinaire, Hemingway, and Sherwood Anderson are only a few of the notables who came by to look at her famous art collection and to talk about the direction of Modernism.
Since the people I want to invite to my salon are spread all over the world, our meetings will float around in cyberspace.
Marc's up for Tuesday afternoon his time. Ted? Lee? Nancy?