Michel GEORGES-MICHEL

(1883-1985)

The nickname of Michel Georges Dreyfus, was a painter, journalist, novelist and French translator born in Paris.

A pupil of Othon Friesz and Dufy, Michel Georges-Michel attended the École des Beaux-Arts and the École du Louvre. Artistic advisor, he collaborated with the Ballets Russes of Serge de Diaghilev from 1913 to 1929. In 1917, he organised Picasso’s first exhibition in Rome and participated in exhibitions by Matisse and Soutine at the Venice Biennale. He was also 5

the founder of the Prix de Rome for poets and the initiator of the first film festivals. He was the president of the Association of writers and critics of dance, as well as one of the vice-presidents of the Union of the French artistic press. Michel Georges-Michel has written more than one hundred volumes, chronicles, reviews, memories and novels. Some of his books have been adapted to film and television. Many of his paintings are in museums, including the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Museum of San Francisco.