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Romaine Brooks (1874 - 1970)

Born in Italy within a wealthy American family, Beatrice Romaine Goddard moved back to New York with her unstable mother and abandoned by her father, later describing herself as having been a 'chlid-martyr'. In 1893, Beatrice Goddard left her family and settled in Paris before she studied art in Rome and spent time on the island of Capri. In 1902, she inherited from her family's estate which made her independent financially and then married, in 1903, her homosexual friend John Ellingham Brooks while she was herself a notorious lesbian. While Paris art scene developed itself in bohemian areas such as Montparnasse and Montmartre, Romaine Brooks chose to establish herself in the chic 16th district where she painted the portraits of the elite including her lovers the Princess de Polignac and Ida Rubinstein, in a Symbolist style diffused with a Whistler-like palette that denied the contemporary avant-garde movements. Romaine Brooks greatly assumed her individuality and homosexuality, strolling around with her very short hair and clad in her signature men's clothing.

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Romaine Brooks, Portrait of Luisa Casati, 1920, oil on canvas, 248 x 120 cm, (Private Collection)
Romaine Brooks, Portrait of Luisa Casati, 1920, oil on canvas, 248 x 120 cm, (Private Collection)
Romaine Brooks, Au Bord de la Mer (Self-Portrait), 1914, oil on canvas, 105 x 68 cm, (Musée National d'Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris)
Romaine Brooks, Au Bord de la Mer (Self-Portrait), 1914, oil on canvas, 105 x 68 cm, (Musée National d'Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris)
Romaine Brooks, Chasseress, 1920, oil on canvas, 130.5 x 97.5 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Chasseress, 1920, oil on canvas, 130.5 x 97.5 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Azalées Blanches (White Azaleas), 1910, oil on canvas, 151.1 x 271.7 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Azalées Blanches (White Azaleas), 1910, oil on canvas, 151.1 x 271.7 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, La Mort et la Paysanne (Death and the Peasant), 1930, pencil on paper, 24.1 x 14.4 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, La Mort et la Paysanne (Death and the Peasant), 1930, pencil on paper, 24.1 x 14.4 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks by Carl Van Vechten, 1935
Romaine Brooks by Carl Van Vechten, 1935
Romaine Brooks, Enemy Fat, ca. 1930, pencil on paper, 31.7 x 24.2 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Enemy Fat, ca. 1930, pencil on paper, 31.7 x 24.2 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Peter (A Young English Girl), 1923-1924, oil on canvas, 91.9 x 62.3 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Peter (A Young English Girl), 1923-1924, oil on canvas, 91.9 x 62.3 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, ca. 1894
Romaine Brooks, ca. 1894
Romaine Brooks, La France Croisée, 1914, oil on canvas, 116.2 x 85 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, La France Croisée, 1914, oil on canvas, 116.2 x 85 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Departure, ca. 1930, pencil on paper, 29 x 22.7 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Departure, ca. 1930, pencil on paper, 29 x 22.7 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Dame en Deuil, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, 91.8 x 61.3 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Dame en Deuil, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, 91.8 x 61.3 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Renata Borgatti, Au Piano, 1920, oil on canvas, 141.8x 188.7 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Renata Borgatti, Au Piano, 1920, oil on canvas, 141.8x 188.7 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, by Man Ray 1925
Romaine Brooks, by Man Ray 1925
Romaine Brooks, La Chèvre Blanche (Portrait of Elsie de Wolfe), ca. 1915, oil on canvas, 62 x 56.4 cm, (Musée National d'Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris)
Romaine Brooks, La Chèvre Blanche (Portrait of Elsie de Wolfe), ca. 1915, oil on canvas, 62 x 56.4 cm, (Musée National d'Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris)
Romaine Brooks, L'Idiot et l'Anger (The Idiot and the Angel), 1930, pencil on paper, 24.3 x 14.4 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, L'Idiot et l'Anger (The Idiot and the Angel), 1930, pencil on paper, 24.3 x 14.4 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, La Venus Triste (The Weeping Venus), 1917, oil on canvas, 150 x 270 cm, (Musée Sainte-Croix, Poitiers, France)
Romaine Brooks, La Venus Triste (The Weeping Venus), 1917, oil on canvas, 150 x 270 cm, (Musée Sainte-Croix, Poitiers, France)
Romaine Brooks, La Debutant, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, 200 x 116.5 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, La Debutant, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, 200 x 116.5 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks by Carl Van Vechten, 1935
Romaine Brooks by Carl Van Vechten, 1935
Romaine Brooks, La Baronne Emile D’Erlanger, ca. 1924, oil on canva, 106.4 x 86.7 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, La Baronne Emile D’Erlanger, ca. 1924, oil on canva, 106.4 x 86.7 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Self-Portrait, 1923, oil on canvas, 117 x 69,3 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington)
Romaine Brooks, Self-Portrait, 1923, oil on canvas, 117 x 69,3 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington)
Romaine Brooks, Le Trajet, ca. 1900, oil on canvas, 115.2 x 191.4 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Le Trajet, ca. 1900, oil on canvas, 115.2 x 191.4 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, L'Orgue de Barbarie (The Organ Grinder), 1930, pencil on paper, 16.3 x 10.6 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, L'Orgue de Barbarie (The Organ Grinder), 1930, pencil on paper, 16.3 x 10.6 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, La Jaccquette Rouge, 1910, oil on canvas, 239.4 x 148.5 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, La Jaccquette Rouge, 1910, oil on canvas, 239.4 x 148.5 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Le Duc Uberto Strozzi, 1961, oil on canvas, 115.2 x 99.8 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Le Duc Uberto Strozzi, 1961, oil on canvas, 115.2 x 99.8 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks and Natalie Barney, 1936
Romaine Brooks and Natalie Barney, 1936
Romaine Brooks, Madame Errazuris, 1908, oil on canvas, 239.2 x 147.8 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Madame Errazuris, 1908, oil on canvas, 239.2 x 147.8 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Les Empecheurs (The Impeders), 1930, pencil on paper, 30.6 x 22.7 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Les Empecheurs (The Impeders), 1930, pencil on paper, 30.6 x 22.7 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Le Piano, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, 116.2 x 164.8 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Le Piano, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, 116.2 x 164.8 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks by Man Ray 1925
Romaine Brooks by Man Ray 1925
Romaine Brooks, Jeune Fille Anglaise, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, 91.6 x 71.2 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Jeune Fille Anglaise, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, 91.6 x 71.2 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Finger Exercises, ca. 1930, photomechanical reproduction on paper, 46.8 x 31.5 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Finger Exercises, ca. 1930, photomechanical reproduction on paper, 46.8 x 31.5 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Ida Rubinstein, 1917, oil on canvas, 119.1 x 94 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Ida Rubinstein, 1917, oil on canvas, 119.1 x 94 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Femme avec des fleurs, ca. 1912, oil on canvas, 212 x 185 cm, (Collection Lucile Audouy, Paris)
Romaine Brooks, Femme avec des fleurs, ca. 1912, oil on canvas, 212 x 185 cm, (Collection Lucile Audouy, Paris)
Romaine Brooks, Una, Lady Troubridge, 1924, oil on canvas, 127.3 x 76.4 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, Una, Lady Troubridge, 1924, oil on canvas, 127.3 x 76.4 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, The Charwoman, 1904, oil on canvas, 77.1 x 102.9 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, The Charwoman, 1904, oil on canvas, 77.1 x 102.9 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, The Poor Feedin the Rich, ca. 1930, pencil on paper, 30.3 x 22.7 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
Romaine Brooks, The Poor Feedin the Rich, ca. 1930, pencil on paper, 30.3 x 22.7 cm, (Smithsonian American Art Museum of Washington, USA)
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