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Paradoxy of Modernism$
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Robert Scholes

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108200

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108200.001.0001

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Model Artists in Paris: Hastings, Hamnett, and Kiki

Model Artists in Paris: Hastings, Hamnett, and Kiki

(p.221) 8 Model Artists in Paris: Hastings, Hamnett, and Kiki
Paradoxy of Modernism

Robert Scholes

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on “model artists”, women who posed for painters, but later became either painters or writers themselves, and also painters or writers who moved in the other direction and posed for artists, allowing themselves to become objects for the gaze of others. The examples considered are three women who produced some very interesting writing about the world in which modernism flourished, and especially about the bohemian underside of that world. Nina Hamnett was herself an artist by training and accomplishment, who posed for friends frequently. Beatrice Hastings was a writer, who posed mainly for Modigliani, when they were living together in Paris in 1914 and 1915. Kiki, who was the most famous model of her day, published her Souvenirs in 1929.

Keywords:   women painters, writers, models, modernism

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