Natalie Clifford Barney

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Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Natalie Clifford Barney 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:

“Natalie Clifford Barney met Élisabeth de Gramont in 1909, the same year that Renée Vivien, another lover, passed away. Natalie was already committed to non-monogamy, or, as Élisabeth later described it, ‘indifferent to everything except the free play of her life.’ The two bonded over astrology and tarot, and, though Élisabeth was married with two children, began a love affair that lasted the rest of their lives. Natalie was a prolific writer, producing five books of poetry, three books of epigrams, three memoirs, a novel, and two collections of essays. She also had so many lovers that Alice B. Toklas once quipped she must have been picking them up in department store lavatories. Rebellious from a young age, Natalie settled in Paris in her mid-twenties and began hosting weekly salons, bringing together everyone from Isadora Duncan to Jean Cocteau. She is credited with repopularizing Sappho among this creative elite. She was briefly engaged to writer Lord Alfred Douglas and had an ongoing affair with Dolly, notorious niece of Oscar Wilde—who himself had an affair with Lord Alfred.”

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