Michel Georges-Michel, art critic and amateur artist, has recorded here his acquaintance and conversations with important figures of the art world during the last half century. Neither technical nor profound, this volume is in effect a series of personality pieces about the great and temperamental men behind the significant canvases of our time. It relates them to their public, to their dealers, their models and collectors. In addition it explores the feuds and friendships among them. There are intimate glimpses in each chapter . . . of Modigliani and Utrillo as young unknowns, exchanging overcoats . . . of Toulouse Lautrec's beloved model, La Goulue, working in a circus as an old woman, selling the master's canvases for a few francs to feed her lions . . . of Renoir denouncing Picasso . . . and of Picasso declaring his own work a forgery. Good reading and a splendid gift for those whose best hours are spent with pictures and sculpture.