The French Riviera in the 1920s, book by Xavier Girard and Assouline.

The French Riviera in the 1920s

A magnificent book by Xavier Girard and Assouline that invites you in the legendary period of chic & glamour on the French Riviera. Perfect to give light and inspiration, to you and the guests of your home, apartment, office, boutique or coffee shop!

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"I am writing to you from the terrace, where I have just had my breakfast in cahoots with the sea. It is the paradise you told me of: the people are delightful, the sun is warm. Yesterday afternoon, when I got here, I could have sunbathed."
- Raymond Radiguet to Jean Hugo, February 1920


The French Riviera in the 1920s, book by Xavier Girard and Assouline.

The French Riviera was the center of creativity during the 1920s and early ’30s. Artists and writers from the far reaches of the world gathered to fashion a new way of life - among them Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gerald and Sara Murphy, Picasso, Picabia, Stravinsky, Cocteau, Diaghilev, and Anna de Noailles.


The French Riviera in the 1920s, book by Xavier Girard and Assouline.

A photobiography of this carefree era, The French Riviera of the 1920s revitalizes the now-legendary tale of these mythic personalities caught between a desire for creation, the quest for happiness, and the looming darkness of World War II. With extraordinary images taken from personal archives, these pages depict firsthand the lifestyles and artwork of some of the most influential artists of the 20th century.


The French Riviera in the 1920s, book by Xavier Girard and Assouline.

Writer Xavier Girard is an art historian and critic, essayist, and professor of art history. A Chevalier of Arts and Letters, he has also directed and curated numerous artistic events. His previously published books with Assouline include The Mediterranean: From Homer to Picasso (2001); Bauhaus (2003); and Paris in the 1920s with Kiki de Montparnasse (2012). He also published L’Oursin and Trois hommes dans un jardin with André Dimanche. Since 2008, he has also dedicated himself to sculpture and photography.

The French Riviera in the 1920s, book by Xavier Girard and Assouline.

The French Riviera in the 1920s, book by Xavier Girard and Assouline.

The French Riviera in the 1920s, book by Xavier Girard and Assouline.

The French Riviera in the 1920s, book by Xavier Girard and Assouline.

The French Riviera in the 1920s, book by Xavier Girard and Assouline.

Photos courtesy of Assouline



By Xavier Girard
7.5 x 11 in - 19.5 x 28 cm | 256 pages | 200 illustrations
hardcover with jacket | ISBN: 9781614282563
$195 - €145 - £120






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