place and protagonist of a modern city Italian/English edition
Florence played a prominent role in the story of the 'artistic fortunes' of Paul Cézanne, thanks to the far-sightedness of two young American-born collectors, Egisto Paolo Fabbri and Charles Alexander Loeser. In the nineteenth and twentieth century they bought 48 of his finest works for their Florentine residence, contributing considerably to the affirmation of an experimental and solitary genius, on the whole ignored at the time by the critics. The book proposes an insight into that particular and intense intellectual period in which Florence was one of the liveliest capitals of international culture. The photographs of the Alinari, numbered among the leading protagonists of that culture, document the outstanding figures, places and works that made Florence one of the most dynamic cities for cultural exchanges and transformation at the turn of the nineteenth century. The themes include the literary cafés and avant-garde performances of the early twentieth century, the bourgeois architecture and the forming of the great collections of art, the foreign intellectual figures as well as those that represented the spirit of a strictly genuine Florentine tradition. There is nothing that can contextualize and perhaps make it easier to understand the great adventure of Cézanne in Florence as well as the photographs of that period.