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Romaine Brooks

 (1874 - 1970)
Romaine Beatrice Brooks was active/lived in New York / France.  Romaine Brooks is known for female portrait, androgynous figure.

Biography   Romaine Brooks


Embodying the image of the "third sex" or woman trapped in a man's body in her androgynous female portraits, Romaine Brooks was an American citizen who spent most of her life in Paris fleeing from the physical abuse of her mother and insanity of her brother. Her early life was detailed in her unpublished autobiography No Pleasant Memories.

Many of the subjects of Brooks portraits including her own self portrait (Smithsonian American Art Museum) were shown in tuxedoes with pinched faces and in colors of grey, black, and white. Her work was part of the new, daring image of the 20th-century woman no longer in the shadow of men.

She was born into a wealthy family, and her parents divorced before her birth. In 1899, she too   ...  Displaying 750 of 4716 characters.

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