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René Blum and the Ballets Russes: In Search of a Lost Life

Judith Chazin-Bennahum


This is the first lengthy inquiry into the life and times of René Blum, the successor to Serge Diaghilev and a distinguished Parisian author, editor, critic, and producer. Léon Blum, his older brother, became the first Socialist prime minister of France. René’s early life was dedicated to publicizing and celebrating young playwrights, artists, and writers. Long before his ballet career began, Blum co-edited Gil Blas, the great French literary paper, and wrote art criticisms that inform us about his aesthetic stance and interest in modernism. For example, Blum wrote the preface to the catalogue ... More

Keywords: Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo, Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Dreyfus Affair, Léon Blum, Marcel Proust, George Balanchine, Leonide Massine, Michel Fokine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195399332
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399332.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith Chazin-Bennahum, author
University of New Mexico