Sunday, March 04, 2007

Jules Pascin








Jules Pascin was a good friend of Hemingway. He was a working artist, Bulgarian by birth, and a regular of the Left Bank cafe circuit. Like Hemingway, he usually only went out to drink after getting in a good day's work. They frequently met at the Dome Cafe, a cafe Hemingway liked because many of the regulars were artists that had worked at their craft that day and were not just out to be "seen." In "A Moveable Feast," Hemingway devotes a short chapter to his friend, called: With Pascin at the Dome. Pascin who suffered from alcoholism and depression hanged himself when he was 45.
The first painting is "Woman at Her Toilet."
The second painting is of Pasin's mistress, Lucy Krohg.
The next painting is titled "Nude Sleeping."
After the photo of Pascin is a self-portrait by him done in 1921. Then, a portrait of him painted in 1906 by Albert Weisgerber.
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74 comments:

Carlos said...

Curious, I've been in Paris DP and saw the post on Jules Pascin but didn't recognize the name. Now I saw your post and imediately remebered that great chapter in AMF.

Nikon said...

Hi Carlos, yes it's a good chapter; the two models with Pascin.
My favorite chapter is when Scott Fitzgerald & Hemingway go to Lyon to pick up Zelda's Renault.
I've go to find a picture of that car if one exists!

Ame said...

PAUL!

That really doesn't look like a TOILET to MOI! Come ON now! LOL! ;)

Hmmmmmmmm...Zelda's Renault...wouldn't that make a great alternative rock band name?

Just humor me...it's been a looooooooooong nite, hmmm?
;)xo

Monica said...

I sent you a message before I saw this post! Great that you wrote about Pascin´s friendship with Hemingway. Like I said, together with PDP we learn more and more!

Funny, the chapter I remember the most is also Fitzgerald and Hemingway going to Lyon to pick up Zelda's Renault. Come to think of it, the chapter where he hides some sort of drug to a friend is pretty impressive too. I´ll have to go through it again to remember who it was.

Does Dome Cafe still exists?

Carlos said...

Monica,
Last year I've been in Paris and did what Paul called a Hemingway tour through the city. The Dome was one of the spots but only had a coffee with my wife at La Closerie des Lilas. I'll send you a link.

Nikon said...

Hi Carlos, Ame, & Monica,
The Dome is still there - I've got a few old pics of it scattered through the blog. ( If you can find a book called Hemingway's France, by Winston Conrad, you can see a current photo.)
Zelda's car story is a chapter I really love.
An Agent of Evil, is the chapter about Ralph Dunning - a poet addicted to opium. Hemingway was given an "emergency" supply of opium by Ezra Pound in case Dunning should start to lose control when Ezra was vacationing.
Ame, Zelda's Renault would be a great rock band name :) I know it doesn't look like a toilet, but I can't just change the name!

Shionge said...

Nikon, may I know why the fascination with Hemingway? :D Sorry, just curious :D

Nikon said...

Hi Shionge, I really don't know that myself. Just that I've enjoyed reading his work since I was young - to me it's an easy style to read.
Then I came across A Moveable Feast, & it's depictions of Paris, & everything just fell into place - a little magical niche for me.

Shionge said...

Thank you Nikon, you've raised my awareness now, great :D

Monica said...

I´ll definetely go to the PDP meeting if there is one when I´m in town, probably in July

Ame said...

Paul.........."plain brown wrapper?"

Tsk-Tsk-Tsk!

Figure this one out and report in!

LOL!

;)xo

isabella said...

Paul, is that Le Dome on bd Montparnesse? Jean-Paul Sartre frequented there too. And so did I when we lived in the 7th ;-)

Meg in Nelson said...

AMMEEEEE, it's toilette, not toilet!!! But of course you know that and have been blinded by your new and spiffy computer and still jet lagged? I think it's time you got your March hair and post it - and please, pink bits!

(Hi, Paul, the discussion was getting kinda serious, except for with Ame and me, and I've been kinda contemplating pain killers for my new found rotten-under-root-canalled tooth... so I couldn't be bothered being my witty self... Ouch.)

Nikon said...

Hi isabella, Le Dome of Hemingway's Paris years (1922-1926) was on the Boulevard Montparnasse, near the intersection with the Boulevard Raspail. It has been modernized, of course but I believe it is still at the same location - at least according to "Hemingway's France", by Winston Conrad published in 2000.
I didn't know Sartre was a regular there - or that you lived in the seventh! It seems to be a popular quarter for American expats.

Nikon said...

Meg, ouch! What will you do? I know how fond you are of dentists.

Nikon said...

isabella, this is a NYT link from the '80s. You are right, Sarte, camus, de bouvier were frequenters of the same cafes it seems as Hemingway.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=travel&res=9A06EEDA1E38F935A35755C0A964948260

Carlos said...

Paul,
Soon AMF will be sold out all over the world and you'll be held responsible. LOL

Nikon said...

Hi Carlos, yes I should have bought a bunch & had them ready to sell on Ebay.
Maybe Mariel will want to meet me now?
By the way - The Dome - you said that you had a link? My link for isabella didn't come out too well.
How did you know so much about the 2cv by the way?

Ame said...

OK P!

Just igNORE me!

;)
xo

Nikon said...

Ame, I'm not ignoring you :)
I just don't remember the mention of the plain brown wrapper. Was it here?

Carlos said...

Paul,
Do you mean the gorgeous Mariel Hemingway? Well, as her number 1 fan I want an autographed picture :)

The link I mentioned is for those pictures I took in Paris last year and that uploaded for you.

I don't know much about the 2CV but a friend of mine does cause he had one and he was an enthusiast so I heard him talking about it.

BTW, who's this Ame? She's all over the web. She has seen in London, Bristol, California... she's everywhere. One of these days I'll see her in Lisbon. LOL!

Monica said...

I recomend all of you check Carlos's link. His photos in Paris are great and very ilustrative.
You'll see the cafe mentioned here, it's almost like it follows this blog's posts!

Obrigada Carlos mais uma vez por ter enviado o link!

Ame said...

LOL Carlos!

You're a card! Think you'll have to be DEALT with LATER!

;)

Nikon said...

Hi Carlos, thanks for adding that link - I appreciate it.
Ame? Who? Where? New one to me :)
You will definely get a signed photo of Mariel when she invites me over to her house :)

isabella said...

Thanks for the link, Paul.

Carlos pictures brought back a lot of great memories and I can't write anymore...my eyes are misting...

Nikon said...

No problem, isabella, I'm sure Carlos is glad that you enjoyed his shots.
I hope that you're not misting up because of the root-canal :)

Ame said...

Paul...you and Carlos need a big spanking! ;)

Carlos said...

Oops!

Nikon said...

Ame, why? What did we do?
I love it when you're angry :)

Monica said...

Yes that's right, Eric's PDP is the best!
Everybosy seems to looove it!

isabella said...

Thanks for stopping by last night, Paul.
I wonder if you ever visited Hemingway's estate on Key West? I had not yet. It is about 100 miles from my house, but it takes 5.5 hrs by car or 3.5 hrs by ferry.
Still, it would be interesting to see where he wrote A Farewell to Arms...

Nikon said...

Wow isabella that's a long 100 mile ride!
I have never been there - but would love to go to see the cats, if nothing else.
His Cuban house would be a nice visit, too, I think.
But, Paris first :)

isabella said...

You mean the 60 six toed cats ;-). Yes, Paris should be your first priority...

If you promise not to laugh, I will give you a link to my current Kodak camera, to prove how hopeless it is. Keep in mind that I bought it in 2000, just for my European Adventure and for that it worked well. But now...well, I've tested a couple of new Canons with 6x optical zoom, but did not like the colors or the clarity of the photo in the zoom.
I'd like to have a small-sized digital with a nice optical under $500 - do you know if such a beast exists?
Oh, yeah, here's the link:
http://www.amazon.com/Kodak-DX3600-EasyShare-Digital-Optical/dp/B00005LVWB

Icarus said...

Paul, what on earth's going on? I turn my back for 5 minutes & Hem's Paris turns into a chatroom!
Can anyone join in?

Nikon said...

Hi Stewart!
Absolutely! anybody who has paid the one-time only low entry fee is entitled to unlimited posts.
You could be our next lucky member!
I usually allow one free comment to see if "my" people like the site - but since you've already used up that priviledge, well ya' gota' pay. Or wait for my next posting which will be before hell freezes over.
Actually, since we're practically related - post away :)
Good to see you! Hem says hey.

Icarus said...

Teee-Heee!! Brought me a smile!
Actually, spontaneous thought from the ether: is there any documented evidence on what kind of sense of humor Papa had?
On one hand, Hem the man strikes me as someone who would like a good laugh, yet it hardly comes across in his literature, IMO.

Nikon said...

Stewart, he had a boyish sense of humor, mischievous, which is why he loved Huckelberry Finn so much.
But he could be very moody & in the wrong mood, a bit sadistic - emotionally sadistic.
He did like a good time, though - drinking was part of his life - & he had that hellish depression that runs in his family & made him end his own.
But he did have that boyish side to him, which can be redeeming.
He was also a helluva' writer :)

Mandi said...

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Ame said...

I'm tired of staring at that freeking TOILET word! ;)x

Nikon said...

ok, Ame, Woman Confused by Furniture?

Ame said...

NO! ;)xo

Abraham Lincoln said...

Paul, I got to thank you for coming by and commenting on our bike path. I answered your comment there.

Thanks.

Ame said...

I just ran!
I'm all sweaty!
I need a COKE!

Happy St. Pat's Day!

PINCH-PINCH!

I KNOW you're not wearing green!
;)
xo

Nikon said...

LOL, you couldn't run here unless someone was after you with a gun - all ice.
I am wearing green - Army socks!
I may have to wash the darn things now.
How is it where the sun shines :)

isabella said...

Instead of washing your socks, since you are snowed-in anyway, you should do a new post, don't you think, huh?
But just to get back to Pascin for a sec - remember how Hem reacted to his suicide?
"They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure".

And Icarus thinks Papa had no sense of humor...

Nikon said...

isabella, that is a great quote.
A Moveable Feast is a witty book, I think.
I don't post very frequently - I'm trying to get a pic of Zelda's Renault - & I'm moving - if you've been following that soap opera here.

Ame said...

HEY! You were supposed to fall off your CHAIR with my "want a COKE" comment! How's your Sunday coming along?

I'm craving a McD's kid's cheeseburger meal with an Orange soda...

HELP! SAVE ME!!!!!
;)
xoxox

Icarus said...

Good Sunday, Paul. I think you shouldn't do a new post until this one tops the 100, right? I know, I haven't paid my dues yet. I'm broke, waiting eternally for payments.
No, Isabella I didn't say I didn't think Hem had a sense of humour.
All this stuff about running, and there's Carlos lying down in a dark room, dreaming of large hot-water bottles as he tries to recover from this morning's Lisbon Mini-Marathon. I bet he'll regret it for the next week or so. Or maybe not...

Ame said...

But Icabod! He WALKED! ;) HI CARLOS...you KNOW I'm just teasing!

HI PAULY!

I think you should post a new one after 50...and you're almost THERE!

We need Lynn to hop on over here and push it over the top!

;)xo

Nikon said...

Paul looked at the comments. There were a lot by now. Lots of suggestions; no time for half of them, all of them maybe.
Carlos on the floor? Invite Lynn?
A new post? I'm going to have a Coke & go back to bed.

Carlos said...

Hi everybody,
Let me tell you about the Marathon. I got to Alcantara (half way) and thought: the finish line is on the right but lunch is on the left, so I turned left. LOL!
I'm more a tennis guy.
This #51; 49 to go :)

Nikon said...

You had lunch & took the bus home?
Or B: you took the bus home to lunch? :)
How far did you run, do you think?

Icarus said...

Oooooh, Carlos LOOOOOOOOOOL! I can just picture it, particularly after our conversa of Saturday. All that press & TV coverage and they missed you sneaking off! So, no medal?!
Paul, I hardly think the timing would have been right for Lynn to appear on the floor!
And Ame(ginha), what exactly does Icabod mean? Sound like something that grows under the surface on those Roman baths in, well, Bath.

Icarus said...

Paul, I'm back again to throw this one in (I forgot it earlier). Re.myblogloghogclogtogsognog - and for your aims - snog)- thanks and I have to admire your refreshing honesty as to your intentions. Me, no such agenda. In fact, no agenda at all. I just see it all as (potentially) a bit of a laugh....
Meanwhile, back to Hem, I totally forgot to watch/record the 1957 cut of "The Sun Also Rises" on a cable channel the other day. Pity.

Nikon said...

Stewart, Ichabod Crane, is the main character in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving.
Ichabod is riding his horse home one night & meets the headless horseman. I think it was a play on words for Icarus.
The mybloglogfoghogsogwog is best if you get the Premium version with the bloglogfog eradicator ( I have that one, best for snogging). I have no clue what the function of the bloglog is:) I think it's a CIA spying thing.
1957 version would be the Tyrone Power one? After Carlos washes his feet - ask him to check in please.

Icarus said...

Definitely didn't know that.I think I'm gonna change my ID again to the headless horseman. Also sounds kind of appropriate! Or is it the horseless headman? Or the useless horsehead?
I have more or less the same suspicion about the bloglogloglog. It must be that. Virtual snogging? I wish you luck. As for C, I only know he's got a lot of work on at the moment. He'll come through, no doubt!
Cheers Paul.

Carlos said...

Hi Paul,
I can't tell you how much I have run... I mean walk. It was too few to say it louder. You know, our Prime Minister was there and I was afraid someone could see me with him... it could ruin ones reputation. LOL

Nikon said...

Ahh, I know nothing about your political situation there - but I detect a lack of admiration?
Well, at least you ran to lunch:) Tell me about that Nikon D70........

Ame said...

LOL! You boys are tooooo funny! Cracking me UP here....might just shoot Coke out my NOSE! ;) xo

Nikon said...

Ame, if you blow Coke out of your nose I want to watch. I'll bring matches in case you confuse the orifices :)

Mandi said...

Thanks for visiting my site. Do drop by Tel Aviv again soon!

Nikon said...

Thank you for visiting Mandi - I just took a look at your nice seaside post at Tel Aviv dp, ah warmth!

Ame said...

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, nothing
a good MATCH won't CURE!

YOU GOOFBALL!!!!!

;)xo

Meg in Nelson said...

Holy cow! 63!

Nikon said...

Hi Meg, yeah I hear the mob is using the comment count for a numbers pool.
They're making a fortune on my er, labors.

Ame said...

ROFL PAUL!!!

OMG! Check out my latest comment!!!

(EYE! EYE!)
;)
xo

Ame said...

WOW!

Did you realize PASCIN backwards is NICSAP?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....neato burrito!

;) xox

Nikon said...

Ame, I must say that I didn't know that!
Enjoy your mouth-watering cake?
xo

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isabella said...

Paul,
Just overheard Charlie Gison on the evening news mention that either Frontline or Nightline tonight (sorry I did not pay closer attention) will anylize Hem and Marlene Dietrich's relationship, based on their correspondence.

Nikon said...

Hi Isabella - unfortunately I got home after the show was on. I can only hope that they repeat it.
Thanks for thinking of me.

Kate said...

To my mind, the best chapter in AMF is "A False Spring" --reread it. I don't have it here with me in Mexico, but when I get back to MN I will reread it again for the millionth time. The last few lines in the story make me catch my breath.

Nikon said...

Hello Kate, yes I know the chapter - the last paragraph is a great one to ponder. The whole chapter is.

Kate said...

Re my previous comment about "A False Spring"---it's too romantic to "ponder", it's to feel and to love: "But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right or wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight." (I guess you have to be my age to feel that beautifully crafted sentence in your heart and soul--I want to be young again in Paris with someone I love!!