Monday, February 3, 2014

Happy Birthday Gertie!

Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 ? July 27, 1946) was a noted American art collector of seminal modernist paintings and an experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays, which eschewed the narrative, linear, and temporal conventions of 19th century literature.

And that's a dispassionate, truncated and leaving out all the controversies of her life.

Since it's her birthday, it seemed appropriate to post Picasso's portrait of the expatriate writer. It was begun in 1905, at the end of his Harlequin Period and before he took up Cubism. Stein is shown seated in a large armchair, wearing her favorite brown velvet coat and skirt.

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