Thursday, 1 August 2013

Inspirations: Kiki De Montparnasse

Glass Tears by Man Ray

Kiki De Montparnasse if one of those people who, while you may not know the name, you've most certainly seen pictures of her or inspired by her.
Model, singer, actress, painter and muse, darling of Parisian society, not bad for an illegitimate girl called Alice born into poverty.

Kiki de Montparnasse by Kees Van Dongen

She had "the look", the very idea of what we think of when we think of women from the 20's, short dark bob, thin pencilled brows and full lips with an exaggerated cupid's bow, she fell in to art modeling by accident, too afraid of STIs to consider prostitution she'd model at a Paris cafe in return for drinks and food.

Ingre's Violin by Man Ray

But most famous of all are her pictures for Man Ray, often copied (like the above image) but never bettered!

You can read more about Kiki here
There is also a graphic novel about her life available here

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