Kiki de Montparnasse

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This graphic biography is fantastic. It’s well-researched and the story of how Alice Prin became the Queen of Montparnasse in Paris in the the 1920s is shown and told beautifully. The French model, nightclub singer and painter, whose face and body were immortalised in works by, among others, Fernand Léger, Maurice Utrillo and Man Ray, with whom she had a long and complex relationship. While Kiki’s story is populated with artists and notoriety, the grittier side of her story is unfolded here too. While I love graphic novels, I sometimes think they’re over too quickly but this one kept me going for the best part of a week.

Here’s a short introductory video on the book.

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