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Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
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Sir Francis Cyril Rose, 1909 - 1979
Gertrude Stein, 3 Feb 1874 - 27 Jul 1946
Alice Babette Toklas, 30 Apr 1877 - 7 Mar 1967
Gouache on paper
Image/Sheet: 49.2 x 64.5 cm (19 3/8 x 25 3/8")
Mat: 66 x 91.4 cm (26 x 36")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Isabel Wilder
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The manor house at Bilignin was picture-book France, old and full of character. Its living room walls were paneled and decorated with paintings of musical instruments; tall windows with outside shutters opened up to the terrace garden. When the English artists Cecil Beaton and Francis Rose came for a visit in the summer of 1939, they were so taken by the beauty of this room and its four occupants—Stein, Toklas, and the two dogs, Basket and Pépé—that they both made images of it. Beaton’s photograph shows Stein at her writing desk, and Rose’s drawing offers a genre scene of marital harmony: Toklas knitting in a wicker chair and Stein reading in her favorite rocker.
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