The Salon

The Salon

Nick Bertozzi / Feb 20, 2020

The Salon In Paris when someone starts tearing the heads off avant garde painters Gertrude Stein and her brother Leo realize that they might be next on the killer s list Enlisting the help of their clo

  • Title: The Salon
  • Author: Nick Bertozzi
  • ISBN: 9780312354855
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1907 Paris, when someone starts tearing the heads off avant garde painters, Gertrude Stein and her brother, Leo, realize that they might be next on the killer s list Enlisting the help of their closest friends and colleagues, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Erik Satie, Alice B Toklas, and Guillaume Apollinaire, they set out to put a stop to the ghastly murders FilledIn 1907 Paris, when someone starts tearing the heads off avant garde painters, Gertrude Stein and her brother, Leo, realize that they might be next on the killer s list Enlisting the help of their closest friends and colleagues, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Erik Satie, Alice B Toklas, and Guillaume Apollinaire, they set out to put a stop to the ghastly murders Filled with danger, art history, and daring escapes, this is a wildly ingenious murder mystery ride through the origins of modern art.

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    1. I really like Nick Bertozzi, and thought I really liked the conceit of this book. I read it probably a year ago, when it first came out, and it struck me wrongly, so I put it aside for a while so I could read it again before deciding. And I did that this weekend, more slowly and carefully than I did the first time I read it. And I still have a lot of the same concerns.This is one of those responses that are hard to defend and someday will probably get me a well-deserved punch in the nose. But if [...]

    2. I absolutely LOVED this brilliant piece of history and fiction! The plot was fantastic in all senses of the term and it was supported by plausible historical characterizations of many of the great and strong personalities of the Modernist Movement in Paris in the very early 1900's. The art is absolutely superb and serves as an exemplary representation of the "comic" or "graphic" medium, which is obviously the marriage of image and word. In this case the marriage is so perfect it is a delight to [...]

    3. The birth of Cubism, combined with a fantasy about absinthe allowing one to enter into the world of a painting--and for creatures from paintings to emerge into the real world. Either kind of story would (or could) be interesting on its own, but I just did not find that they gelled here. I found the bits devoted to the thrill of discovery ad Picasso and Braque begin their artistic breakthroughs reasonably interesting. The rest, with its historical figures (Gertrude and Leo Stein, Alice B. Toklas [...]

    4. I was not sure which shelves to add this to other than graphic novels. After Shackleton, this was very disappointing. I was hoping for an historical account of Gertrude Stein and her famous painters' salon in Paris. Instead, this is a weird sort of murder-mystery/horror/modernist painting. The art is interesting and it's an interesting take on where Picasso's blue period comes from, but the lettering is actually quite impossible to read in places and I had to use a magnifying glass on several oc [...]

    5. It's almost like you're there, living with the most magnificents modern artists and taste the same madness they might have lived by their time! Outstanding!

    6. C'est un conseil de mon libraire que je vous présente à mon tour. Même si je l'écoute toujours religieusement, cette fois, il n'a pas eu besoin d’insister bien longtemps. Sa technique est simple et déjà éprouvée, il m'a simplement mis un exemplaire entre les mains. Après avoir apprécié l'élégant format à l'italienne, identifié méthodiquement — grâce aux indications de la quatrième de couverture — les personnages composant le portrait de famille de la couverture, appréci [...]

    7. morethansuperhumans.cIn Paris, circa 1908, a rash of killings is being blamed on a "blue-skinned" woman who seems to be targeting Bohemians. Against this backdrop of terror, the French painter Georges Braque is struggling to push beyond the Fauvist style, attempting to build upon Cézanne's idea of simultaneous perspective. His work is discovered by Gertrude and Leo Stein, who welcome Braque into their salon. There, Braque meets the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, and the two form an immediate bo [...]

    8. The Salon is a deeeeelightful little graphic novel.It’s an entertaining romp that rhapsodizes on the art and relationships of those modernists who rocked the art world (Picasso, Braque, Gertrude and Leo Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Matisse, Gaugin). I’m immediately inclined to call Bertozzi’s work “cute” but resist because it is too well done to be simply encapsulated by a term that more properly describes girls, puppies, and little pieces of pizza. Bertozzi takes the real life relationship [...]

    9. Early Cubism was born out of the back-and-forth visual exploration of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso and "The Salon" re-imagines turn of the century Paris and the players that turned art on its head as a crime drama. Think Paul Pope's "Heavy Liquid" meets "Law & Order" by way of MOMA. Bertozzi's own artwork is beautiful and the reserved color palette matches the tone of the story. Bertozzi's take on Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" (believed by many to be the most important painting o [...]

    10. Bizarre in the extreme! Gertrude Stein and her brother, and their cadre of artistes in Paris. Hobnobbing, gossiping, quibbling, partying, experimenting, and drinking lots of absinthe. Their particular special blue absinthe leads to hallucinations of entering a nearby painting. Meanwhile, murders of artistes in the city by a blue demon wreak havoc on the nerves of our protagonists, who set out to solve the murders and keep the blue absinthe a secret from the authorities and general public.My favo [...]

    11. Finally, a comic book that explores the unholy alliance of absinthe, modern artists and the troubled relationship between Leo and Gertrude Stein.The basic plot of this twisted little tome is that one of Gaugin's models (Annah), has somehow managed to spring to life due to a case of blue absinthe, and is now traveling the streets of Paris ripping people's (and by people I mean the bourgeoisie and the occassional modern artist) heads off.It's up to Picasso and Braque to save the day, but not befor [...]

    12. I originally ordered The Salon in preparation for CCPL's Skiff Literature conference, at which Nick was a presenting author. After hearing him speak, I was expecting great things, and I was not disappointed. In the Salon, Bertozzi combines art, mystery, sex, humor and a nice bit of gore to create a witty, but not conceited, rollicking absinthe trip of a tale. What's more fun than comics mocking art critics who are mocking comics? There's some graphic in this graphic novel, so if you like pretty [...]

    13. The concept of this book simply should not work, but somehow does. The author manages to successfully combine B-movie plot elements with historical art figures from early 20th century Paris. You happily surrender any sense of believability, and yet when you finish realize that you have been surreptitiously taught about the birth of cubism.The jewel of this book, however, is the illustrations which speak far more than any words on the pages. The colour palette sings, and the harsh black lines giv [...]

    14. Loved the artwork and the setting and the great cast of famous historical figures as characters. An interesting use of magical realism as the hook to a conventional mystery story. I enjoyed the author's sense of humour and his ability to use known traits in his characters to play off and satirize. I feel that the original artwork was shrunk down more than the artist would have wanted, because I found the dialogue hard to read. Either that, or he miscalculated the size of artwork to size of dialo [...]

    15. This book is TWISTED! It's a graphic novel about the modernist painters in turn of the century Paris. Julius and Gertrude Stein have discovered a magical absinthe which allows drinkers to enter paintings- but taken too often it leads to insanity! Gaugin has been taken hostage by a mysterious woman in one of his own paintings and Picasso and Braque must help the Steins track down the serial-killing blue phantom!Obviously being an Art teacher, history buff, and cartooning aficionado, I loved this [...]

    16. By far the best graphic novel I've read in a long time. It somehow brings together science fiction, literary biography, & art history in an amazingly entertaining way.I kept thinking: this is like what would happen if Picasso, Braque, Gauguin, Gertrude Stein, and Alice B. Toklas took over an episode of Scooby Doo!!I wish all reading were like this: the philosophical origins of cubism are discussed while chasing naked people in and out of Gauguin paintings, drinking magical absinthe and liste [...]

    17. Meh. I'd read some good reviews, but I didn't really like it. I don't know a whole lot about the artists of the time anymore--not that I ever knew tons, and it's been a long time since college art history--and I already knew that being a great artist doesn't mean you're not a d*ck. But jeez. The plot wasn't very well developed, and the most interesting part--when the artists were discussing developments in painting--was very short. And the way the villian is defeated in the end me. a. break.

    18. I like the art, but I think probably this would be better if you knew more about these artists. As is, I liked it ok, but was glad when it was over. Side note, this is the kind of fictionalized history that really needs to come with a little afterword in the back so you know which parts are fact, which are reasonable guesses, and which are totally made up. I mean, obviously there was never a deadly absinthe monster. But littler issues like Manet hating Picasso- is that real or is it just a good [...]

    19. Braque and Picasso revolutionise painting whilst teaming up with Gertrude and Leo Stein, Erik Satie, Appolinaire and other notable modernists in turn-of-the-century Paris to solve the seemingly connected mysteries of why a blue-skinned woman is tearing the heads off art dealers, and what *really* happened to Gaugin.Like 'Friends' as an art history documentary filmed in the style of a slasher-movie episode of Scooby Doo. Great fun.

    20. I held off on getting this for a really long time, even though I really like Bertozzi's stuff, because I didn't see how I would possibly enjoy fictionalized adventures of Modernist painters. But I was totally wrong - it 's weird and funny and exciting and inspired, but all in a way that actually seems to stay oddly respectful to the artists and personalities involved. Based on how much I enjoyed this I might actually have to reconsider and read his Houdini book.

    21. I haven't really stopped thinking about this book since I finished it, largely because I believe that if it had been written as a Chabon-esque genre novella, or even as a graphic novel in a format larger than that of a collection of "Garfield" strips, it would have really made an impact. Bertozzi's portrayals (both graphic and narrative) of Braque, Stein, and especially Picasso are vibrant and winning.

    22. This was a very interesting mystery/ghost story tinged with a bit of science fiction and featuring a cadre of many turn-of-the-last-century artists such as Picasso and Braque. It was a good read, but the writing/plot movement seemed a bit clunky in paces and Bertozzi could stand to smooth out his chapters a bit. One hopes that he learns as he goes along and gets better with experience, because you can see some brilliance here.

    23. The illustrations, like the story line, was maniac and confusing. I didn't recognize any cubist form to the caricatures of famous artists like Picasso, Stein and Toklas. Sometimes I feel that artists go a little too far into a sort-of intellectual pissing contest. No doubt the author/artist of this graphic novel is highly informed on the lives of the Paris Cubist movement. But it's just not impressive's actually quite off-putting and snobbish.

    24. Nice lines! Beautiful drawing style and use of linited color palate. Sam was offended at the liberal use of real people as over the top characters- Picasso, Gauguin, Gertrude Stein, etc but I think it's time we knock them off their pedestals. However I agree that Gertrude Stein is portrayed rather rudely and it seems likely that Bertozzi never read anything by her because he doesn't make any intelligent jokes about her work as he does the painters

    25. I sort of wish I hadn't read this. It was interesting to see portrayals of Braque and Picasso and the Steins and such, and the idea of jumping into and out of paintings is cool. But it was hard to distinguish among the characters sometimes, and the story felt sort of inconsequential. Entertaining but worth skipping if you're busy.

    26. An amazing romp through Paris as the "modernists" discover Cubism and the mystery of what happened to Gaugin after his trip to Tahiti (believe me, you'll care). Bertozzi is an absolutely riveting illustrator with an impeccable sense of visual flow. Several graphic depictions not suitable for children - but for anyone who loves art a beautiful, must, must read.

    27. This book is kind of like a graphic novel version of Scooby-Doo. Except there's beheadings and absinthe and sex, and instead of Scooby and Shaggy, its Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque solving the murder mystery and working out cubism along the way. It's a fun read, especially while World Art II is fresh in my head.

    28. I was really, REALLY disappointed, especially considering Bertozzi's artwork in the Handcuff King was great. Actually, it's good in the Salon, too the story is just lacking, and much like Snowcrash, I put it down, without really wanting to pick it back up.Retrospectively, I think this would have been better if I actually knew anything about modernist art.

    29. An intriguing premise and I like the colors used in the book, but basically a pretty standard adventure graphic novel. It did bother me how the author chose to make one of the women Gauguin exploited with his art the villain and I disliked the framing of Picasso's character as a broad, one dimensional caricature.

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