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Jan and Cora Gordon in France

The Gordons were resident in Paris from 1907/1908 to 1914 and then again after the war until 1931/32.

Very exciting to discover is the wealth of personal connections between the Gordons and many of the artists discussed in "Modern French Painters." A series of revelations about these connections is presented here: . They include de Max, Carco, Cocteau, Laurencin, Boccioni, Wallin, Maria Rilke, Beckmann, Steichen ("Praps"), Vanderpyl (also known as "Ratapouf") and Myron Nutting, none of these having been recognized before now. See:

In Paris, a character named "K" ( ) arranged for the Gordons to exhibit at the gallery of an acquaintance of his, a fashionable photographer, "M" (Henri Manuel: ). Jan Gordon was not convinced that "K" was particularly impressed with their art, but "Claribel's [Cora Gordon's] exotic drawings stimulated the imagist side of his nature", while Jan - ""Voyager dans les Indes comme un heros de Kipling," to quote from his preface - had a glamour." "K" is here referring to Jan Gordon's sojourn in the Malay Peninsula (which I wrote about here: ). According to Jan Gordon, "K" "surrounded me in his exuberant fancy with tigers and boa-constrictors, thrust me into the arms of impossible ebony Cleopatras and rooted a whirlwind admiration of my present in the illusion of my past." Information on the two 1913 exhibitions at Galerie Henri Manuel can be found here, and here, .

Cora Gordon also had a memorable encounter with Édouard de Max, considered, with Sarah Bernhardt, one of the greatest actors of his time: . A number of other Paris acquaintances are mentioned in "Three lands on Three Wheels": in the "Closerie des Lilas, where before the War we used to make merry on Tuesday nights with Paul Fort, André Salmon, Picasso, and all the lights and lesser lights of the Modern Art Movement."

For a wonderfully charming and intimate reminiscence of afternoon tea with the Gordons in post-WW1 Paris see:

"Keith" Chesterton also wrote affectionately about the Gordons in this time period ( ), as did Charles Bennett ( ).

Some views of Najac, subject of "Two Vagabonds in Languedoc" are shown below. See:
LApache.jpg Tipsy dwarf.jpg MarieLaurencin Femme àl éventail DuCubisme1912.jpg E Wallin port bw.jpg
S Wallin photo.jpg Francis Carco, Meurisse, 1923 Cocteau BW.jpg Modigliani_Picasso_and_André_Salmon.jpg
Paul Fort by Henri Manuel.JPG Boccioni bw.jpg Young American artists of the modern style, Eduard Steichen (Praps in Jan Gordon's writings) second from left, ca 1911. Myron Nutting, friend of the Gordons in Paris
Frontispiece of Two Vagabonds in a French Village Najac by Cora Gordon, Glasgow Museum Resource Centre. Najac, looking east along the ridge from the castle. Najac on its ridge above the Aveyron River.
Published 1927 Frontispiece of On a Paris Roundabout Unwilling Victim.jpg A museum of the worthless (On a Paris Roundabout 1927, pg 57)
Serenade.jpg Epicures in indigence (On a Paris Roundabout Paris 1927) Wandering wardrobe map.jpg Frontispiece of Three Lands on Three Wheels