Self Portrait

of Romaine Brooks, 1923.

If you look closely, you will see a tiny medal on her lapel, which she proudly included.


That medal was given to her after the painting La France Croisée, 1914, was exhibited to raise money for the Red Cross:


Because of that effort, Brooks was presented the Cross of the Legion of Honour by the French government in 1920.

One of her first paintings that she ever exhibited in Paris, Nude with White Azaleas, 1910:


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Peter, a Young English Girl, 1923-25

“Peter” was actually Romaine’s friend and fellow artist Hannah Gluckstein:

Hannah in 1926

It has been reported that “Gluck” attempted to paint a portrait of Romaine, but they bickered the whole time and the painting was never finished. Oh, artists!

Una, Lady Troubridge, Romaine Brooks, 1924
Les Chiens adorent Una.

Author: Subterraneans

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