Agnes Poirier’s new book “Left Bank” revisits the rebirth of Paris after WWII. The book is a group portrait of the generation born between 1905 and 1930, that animated Paris between 1940 and 1950. After the horrors of war the world’s artists, writers and intellectuals flocked to Paris turning the lights back on in “la ville lumiere. ” They ushered in a renaissance of new novels, new thinking, new filmmaking and new ways of painting.
The book tells the tale of their life-changing synergy resulting in new visions of art, literature, philosophy, politics and cinema. “Left Bank” is neither fiction nor academic analysis, but a reconstruction and collage of images evoking a generation of artists whose work continues to inspire today.