Jules Pascin, Lucy With fur Piece (1927).
Although born in Bulgaria, Pascin lived in Paris for much of his adult life. Ernest Hemingway’s book A Moveable Feast recounts a night in 1923 when he stopped off at Le Dôme cafe to meet Pascin.
Nina Payne was an American dancer who after several long years in vaudeville, made a trip to Europe and became an instant hit in Paris. She remained throughout the twenties. She appeared in several clubs in Paris, including the Follies Bergere and the Moulin Rouge.
Image from the NYPL.
Advertisement for Parisian dress shop, 1928.
Poster for the 1924 Olympics, held in Paris, France.
Although best known as being part of the Harlem Renaissance, writer Langston Hughes briefly lived in Paris during in 1924, where he worked at Le Grand Duc, one of the most popular nightclubs of Black Montmartre. Hughes worked at “The Duc” as a dishwasher for the majority of the six months that he was in Paris.
Paris was where Hughes was inspired to work jazz rhythms into his poetry. This was also where he befriended popular black performers Florence Jones and Ada “Bricktop” Smith.
Pablo Picasso, Paris, 1930.