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Alvin Langdon Coburn, an American artist living in London, asked Stein to pose for him when he visited Paris. She wore her most elegant corduroy kimono, with lined sleeves, for her first sitting for an artist-photographer. Stein leans forward from a high-backed chair, her head and hands radiant in the diffused light. Coburn’s portrait is the most youthful and traditionally beautiful of the bohemian portraits of Stein; his model, thirty-nine years old, for once does not look older than her age, as she did when she was painted. Stein would not sit for another portrait until some seven years later, after the First World War, and when she did, new ways of seeing and depicting her emerged.