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Kiki de Montparnasse

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Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse as featured in The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence. Framed as shown in alternate images. Comes with a copy of the book signed by the illustrator.

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As she appears in the text:

“Kiki de Montparnasse modeled for every artist in Paris in the 1920s. Fou Fou drew her. Man Ray immortalized her in his famous photograph that transforms her into a cello. Alexander Calder made a sculpture of her nose called Kiki’s Nose. When she was arrested for punching a police officer, Man bailed her out. On a trip to New York in 1923, Kiki was scheduled for a screen test for Paramount, but skipped it when she couldn’t find her comb. ‘It’s much nicer to go to the movies than make them,’ she later said.”

Read more about The Art of the Affair, by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon. ︎︎︎