The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas - Study Guide Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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The chapter begins with Toklas describing her early years in Paris with Gertrude Stein. She continues with her description of the Stein's social life. She recalls their first summer, which they spent at the Casa Ricci, in Fiesole, with Stein's brother. Toklas and Stein take a trip to Rome together. Stein through Toklas describes her summer in Italy.

After returning to Paris that autumn, Toklas learns that the Picassos have reunited after a separation. Stein and Toklas become regular visitors to their home. Pablo and Fernande Picasso have begun collecting Spanish landscapes, landscapes that Toklas credits with marking the beginning of the Cubist movement. She remarks that these works were strongly influenced by Cezanne; however, the narrator remarks that the treatment of the houses was essentially Spanish in style, and therefore, in her opinion, were obviously the work of Picasso.

Toklas explains that Stein believed Cubism to...

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