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Kiki de Montparnasse (1901 - 1953)

Alice Ernestine Prin was born in a deprived environment and after having experienced all kinds of odd jobs, including being a nude model for a sculptor at only 15, she entered an artistic environment. Close to Chaim Soutine, she spent time with the Montparnasse artistic figures in such places as La Rotonde while she began sitting for Amadeo Modigliani and Tsugouharu Foujita. Soon, in the 1920s, she became the 'Queen of Montparnasse' and established her legendary persona with her short hair, bright red lips and smoky eyes, the whole under the name Kiki de Montparnasse. In 1921, she was Man Ray's lover and favourite sitter. She befriended such figures as André Breton and Max Ernst as well as Ernest Hemingway and she became the muse of a bohemian Parisian Left Bank. From the 1930s, the icon slowly declined and to finance the medical care for her mother and husband, Kiki de Montparnasse opened a cabaret in 1936 before dying obese and a drug addict.

Tags / Kiki de Montparnasse - It Women - Muses - 1920s - Art - Bohemian - Avant-Garde
Gustaw Gwozdecki, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920, oil on canvas
Gustaw Gwozdecki, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920, oil on canvas
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1930
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1930
Léonard Foujita, Nu couché à la toile de Jouy, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, oil and ink on canvas, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Léonard Foujita, Nu couché à la toile de Jouy, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, oil and ink on canvas, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1922
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1922
Brassaï. Kiki de Montparnasse, Thérèse Treize de Caro et Lily, 1932
Brassaï. Kiki de Montparnasse, Thérèse Treize de Caro et Lily, 1932
Brassaï , Kiki et son accordéoniste, au
Brassaï , Kiki et son accordéoniste, au "Cabaret des Fleurs" 1932
Man Ray, Alberto Giacometti's Sculpture
Man Ray, Alberto Giacometti's Sculpture "Le Palais à 4 heures du matin" with Kiki and Her Friend Thérèse Treize, 1932
Léonard Foujita,Kiki de Montparnasse, 1926, oil and ink on canvas
Léonard Foujita,Kiki de Montparnasse, 1926, oil and ink on canvas
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Man Ray, Noire et Blanche, 1926
Man Ray, Noire et Blanche, 1926
Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, variation for
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, variation for "Noire et Blanche"; 1926
Moise Kisling, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1927, oil on canvas , 100 x 81 cm, Musée du Petit Palais, Geneva, Switzerland
Moise Kisling, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1927, oil on canvas , 100 x 81 cm, Musée du Petit Palais, Geneva, Switzerland
Moise Kisling, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925, oil on canvas , Musée du Petit Palais, Geneva, Switzerland
Moise Kisling, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925, oil on canvas , Musée du Petit Palais, Geneva, Switzerland
Moise Kisling, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1924, Moise Kisling, Chi Mei Museum
Moise Kisling, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1924, Moise Kisling, Chi Mei Museum
Brassaï, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1930's
Brassaï, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1930's
Michel Sima, Man Ray in front of a portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse taken in the 1930s, Paris, 1954
Michel Sima, Man Ray in front of a portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse taken in the 1930s, Paris, 1954
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1926
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1926
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1922
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1922
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1923/ 1924
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1923/ 1924
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse in the bedroom, La Conda street, Paris, 1920's
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse in the bedroom, La Conda street, Paris, 1920's
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1924
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1924
Man Ray, Alberto Giacometti's Sculpture
Man Ray, Alberto Giacometti's Sculpture "Le Palais à 4 heures du matin" with Kiki and Her Friend Thérèse Treize, 1932
Man Ray, Alberto Giacometti's Sculpture
Man Ray, Alberto Giacometti's Sculpture "Le Palais à 4 heures du matin" with Kiki, 1932
Kiki de Montparnasse In Ballet Mecanique directed by Dudley Murphy & Fernand Léger, cinematography by Man Ray, 1923-1924
Kiki de Montparnasse In Ballet Mecanique directed by Dudley Murphy & Fernand Léger, cinematography by Man Ray, 1923-1924
Moise Kisling, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse. Oil on canvas. Musee du Petit Palais, Geneva, Switzerland
Moise Kisling, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse. Oil on canvas. Musee du Petit Palais, Geneva, Switzerland
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse naked, Paris, 1922
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse naked, Paris, 1922
Kiki de Montparnasse in L'étoile de mer directed by Man Ray, 1928
Kiki de Montparnasse in L'étoile de mer directed by Man Ray, 1928
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920's
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920's
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1923
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1923
Kees Van Dongen, Portrait of a Woman with Cigarette (Kiki de Montparnasse),  c. 1922.1924
Kees Van Dongen, Portrait of a Woman with Cigarette (Kiki de Montparnasse),  c. 1922.1924
Moise Kisling, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1921, Oil on canvas
Moise Kisling, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1921, Oil on canvas
Julian Mandel, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920
Julian Mandel, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse in a variante of
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse in a variante of "Violons d'Ingres", 1926
Julian Mandel, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920
Julian Mandel, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920
Brassaï , Kiki et son accordéoniste, au
Brassaï , Kiki et son accordéoniste, au "Cabaret des Fleurs, 1932
Kiki de Montparnasse outside Calder's 7 rue Cels studio holding his wire portrait of her, May 1929
Kiki de Montparnasse outside Calder's 7 rue Cels studio holding his wire portrait of her, May 1929
Julian Mandel, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920
Julian Mandel, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920's
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920's
Alexander Calder, Kiki de Montparnasse II, 1930 (c) Paris, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne
Alexander Calder, Kiki de Montparnasse II, 1930 (c) Paris, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne
Julian Mandel, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920
Julian Mandel, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920
Micao Kono, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Micao Kono, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Micao Kono, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Micao Kono, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse on the beach, 1920's
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse on the beach, 1920's
Kiki de Montparnasse in Paris-Express 1928 drected by Marcel Duhamel, Pierre et Jacques Prévert
Kiki de Montparnasse in Paris-Express 1928 drected by Marcel Duhamel, Pierre et Jacques Prévert
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, variation for
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, variation for "Noire et Blanche", 1926
Kiki de Montparnasse in L'étoile de mer directed by Man Ray, 1928
Kiki de Montparnasse in L'étoile de mer directed by Man Ray, 1928
Man Ray, Le Violon d'Ingres, 1924 © Man Ray Trust / Adagp, Paris
Man Ray, Le Violon d'Ingres, 1924 © Man Ray Trust / Adagp, Paris
André Kertész, Kiki de Montparnasse, Paris 1927
André Kertész, Kiki de Montparnasse, Paris 1927
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920's
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920's
Alexander Calder and Kiki de Montparnasse, 1929
Alexander Calder and Kiki de Montparnasse, 1929
Pablo Gargallo, Kiki de Montpamasse, 1928
Pablo Gargallo, Kiki de Montpamasse, 1928
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse in Odalisque, 1920's
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse in Odalisque, 1920's
Man Ray,  Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Man Ray, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Calder shaping a portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, Paris, 1929
Calder shaping a portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, Paris, 1929
Man Ray,  Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1922
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1922
Man Ray, Rayogramme with Kiki, 1925
Man Ray, Rayogramme with Kiki, 1925
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1921
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1921
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1924
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1924
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1921
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1921
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1929
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1929
Thérèse Treize, Kiki de Montparnasse at Villefranche, 1925
Thérèse Treize, Kiki de Montparnasse at Villefranche, 1925
Alexander Calder, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1931
Alexander Calder, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1931
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1924
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1924
F. Franc Lamy, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1930
F. Franc Lamy, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1930
F. Franc Lamy, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1930
F. Franc Lamy, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1930
F. Franc Lamy, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1930
F. Franc Lamy, Kiki de Montparnasse, 1930
Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920's
Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920's
Ernest Correlleau, Portrait of Kiki de Montparrnasse, 1920's
Ernest Correlleau, Portrait of Kiki de Montparrnasse, 1920's
Maurice Mendjiski, Portrait of Kiki de Montparrnasse, 1920
Maurice Mendjiski, Portrait of Kiki de Montparrnasse, 1920
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1926
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1926
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1925
Kiki de Montparnasse as prostitute soliciting for Man Ray, 1925
Kiki de Montparnasse as prostitute soliciting for Man Ray, 1925
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920's
Man Ray, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920's
Moise Kisling, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1927, Oil on canvas
Moise Kisling, Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse, 1927, Oil on canvas
Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920's
Kiki de Montparnasse, 1920's
Léonard Foujita,Kiki de Montparnasse, 1926
Léonard Foujita,Kiki de Montparnasse, 1926
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