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DRAMATIS PERSONAE

JACQUES DOUCET

JEANNE DOUCET 

SONIA ROUX†

SERVILLE ROUX†

PAUL POIRET

Géry Pierret - Apollinare's secretary

Dr. Alphonse Crozier*

Charles Vignier

André Joubin

Surrealists

ANDRÉ BRETON

Paul Eluard

Louis Aragon

Max Ernst

 

 

Poets & Writers

MAX JACOB

GUILLAUME (KOSTRO) APOLLINAIRE

André (The Peregrine) Suarès

André (Longfingers) Salmon

 

Picasso’s models at the Bateau Lavoir

Zora*

Choire*

 

 

Others

The Baroness de Faucheville*

Count Robert de Montesquieu

Josephine Baker

Conchita Ruiz - Picasso's young sister

Antoine Doucet

Edouard Doucet

 

Government

President Doumergue

Prime minister

All real people, except:

† Names changed 

* Fictional

Dealers & Collectors

AMBROISE VOLLARD

Père Mañach

Wilhelm Uhde

Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler

Gertrude Stein

Leo Stein

 

Artists

PABLO PICASSO

CARLES CASAGEMAS

Henri (Le Douanier) Rousseau

Rose Adler

Ramón Pichot

Henri Matisse

Séraphine Louis [de Senlis]

Marie Laurencin

Lovers

FERNANDE OLIVIER

Germaine Gargallo

Odette

Antoinette

Barcelona prostitutes

Madame Carmen*

Katterina*

Maria*

Dolores*

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An Historical Novel set in Paris

19 year old Pablo Picasso arrived in Paris for the first time in 1900. He came specifically to the Worlds Fair to see his painting 'Last Moments' representing Spanish art. Last Moments has been identified by the Museum of Cleveland as being underneath another great Picasso painting 'La Vie' (Life)

Regarding

The World of Jacques Doucet

The Paris Seige of 1870

 

In the era just before novel begins the siege of Paris was brought to the actual front door of the Doucet family. While Paris was surrounded by militia, Place Vendome adjacent to Rue de la Paix, home of our protagonist, was at the heart of the action. 18 year old Jacques Doucet may have witnessed barricades errected in his own street. Paris was surrounded by military for months (Sep-Jan). Daily life became a struggle with the rich having to restort to desperate measures.

Once the supply of meat ran low, the citizens  turned on the zoo animals residing at Jardin des plantes. Even Castor and Pollux, the only pair of elephants in Paris, were slaughtered for their meat.

A Christmas menu on the 99th day of the siege included unusual dishes such as stuffed donkey's head, elephant consommé, roast camel, kangaroo stew, antelope terrine, bear ribs, cat with rats and haunch of wolf in deer sauce.

Barricade, Rue de la Paix, 1870