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Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

Artist
Sir Francis Cyril Rose, 1909 - 1979
Sitter
Gertrude Stein, 3 Feb 1874 - 27 Jul 1946
Alice Babette Toklas, 30 Apr 1877 - 7 Mar 1967
Date
1939
Type
Painting
Medium
Tempera and gouache on cardboard
Dimensions
Sight: 71.4 x 58.6cm (28 1/8 x 23 1/16")
Frame: 84.5 x 71.4 x 3.2cm (33 1/4 x 28 1/8 x 1 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; partial gift of the T. Mellon Evans Foundation
Object number
NPG.88.161
Exhibition Label
Francis Rose painted Stein and Toklas in their new space, using the iconography of a happy family. Toklas works on a tapestry frame, perhaps on a design by Picasso or Rose himself; Stein writes at her desk; and their dog Pépé snoozes on the horsehair couch. Paintings by Picasso hang in, around, and sometimes on top of the decorative plaster relief work on the walls.
Provenance
The artist; 1963 to Robert Bartlett Haas [1916-2010], Nurtingen, Germany; purchased 1988 NPG
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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