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Mercedes de Acosta

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Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Mercedes de Acosta 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 he appears in the text:

“Though Mercedes de Acosta’s plays were performed in Paris and New York, she struggled to make headway in her career. She moved to Hollywood to try to write screenplays, meeting Greta Garbo in 1931. The two fell quickly and passionately in love: there were trips together, trysts on the beach, naked portraits. But Greta was uneasy being publicly identified as a lesbian. Frustrated by Greta’s inability to commit, Mercedes had a side affair with Marlene Dietrich. Still, she and Greta were on-again-off.”

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