"Les Soirees de Paris" of Baroness Oettingen. Rousseau, Modigliani, Apollinaire, Survage, Ferat
Baroness d'Oettingen’s salon at Montparnasse was extremely popular among innovative artists, writers and poets, art critics and musicians in the 1910s, the high noon of the Paris avant-garde. Hélène Miaczinska, a femme fatale and a Polish aristocrat with an imposing name and title moved to Paris with her cousin, a talented artist and refined connoisseur Sergey Yastrebzov at the break of the 20th century. Sergey adopted a pseudonym Serge Férat and rose to fame together with Baroness d'Oettingen as the leading figures in artistic life in Paris. These passionate lovers of arts glowing with energy constantly entertained creative initiatives, sometimes with romantic paramours included. They promoted and participated in dozens of avant-garde projects. Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, cubists from Puteaux Group, Italian futurists, painters from School of Paris, poets Guillaume Apollinaire and Jean Cocteau were the insiders of this vibrant social club.