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Renee Vivien

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Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Renee Vivien 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. The affair between Renée and Natalie was short, intense, and painful. After they broke up, Natalie continually tried to get her back, writing ardent poems and letters.”

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